The TLC (tender love and care) of koinonia is vital to our life in Christ (Messiah). In koinonia, we love one another, encourage one another, teach and admonish one another, give and receive edification, exhortation and comfort, and share God’s Word which “is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for convincing, for correction of error, and for instruction in right doing; so that the man of God may himself be complete and may be perfectly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17). WNT
Those are just a few of the ways we serve one another in the TLC of koinonia. “… speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Messiah, from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16
We need to participate in that ongoing TLC of fellowship with one another in order “to grow up in all things into him who is the head, Messiah.” Sometimes we need the tough TLC of fellow believers who have the love and guts to tell us where we fall short of putting on the new man in right doing. Or, have that talk with a fellow believer. Sometimes we need to help one who has “grown corrupt after the lusts of deceit” turn from a corrupt lifestyle, recognize and repent of their sin and follow follow Messiah Jesus as one who has been delivered from the power of darkness. (Col 1:12-13) If that one doesn’t, he or she will not inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of God (1 Cor 15:50; Gal 5:21; Rev 21:8).
Put on the new man
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles/Pagans also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts. They, having become callous, gave themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But you didn’t learn Messiah that way, if indeed you heard him and were taught in him, even as truth is in Yeshua: that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, who in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth. Ephesians 4:17-24
In Galatians 5, Paul elaborates on how to put on the new man.
Continuing his preceding chapter, Paul urges the Galatians and us: “Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Messiah has made us free, and don’t be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Then, shows us how to avoid being entangled again with a yoke of bondage. The yoke of bondage is flesh working through legalism and lust. We stand firm in the liberty by which Messiah has made us free through faith working through love. Faith working through love builds a koinonia environment of TLC with one another that we thrive in.
1 Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Messiah has made us free, and don’t be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
The leaven of false doctrine
2 Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you receive circumcision, Messiah will profit you nothing. 3 Yes, I testify again to every man who receives circumcision that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 You are alienated from Messiah, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit, by faith wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Messiah Yeshua neither circumcision nor uncircumcision amounts to anything, but faith working through love.
7 You were running well! Who interfered with you that you should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9 A little yeast grows through the whole lump. 10 I have confidence toward you in the Lord that you will think no other way. But he who troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.
11 But I, brothers, if I still proclaim circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been removed. 12 I wish that those who disturb you would cut themselves off.
13 For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don’t use your freedom an an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants to one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don’t consume one another.
Walk by the Spirit
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
The deeds of the flesh
19 Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom.
The fruit of the Spirit
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Messiah have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
Walk by the Spirit
25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let’s not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another. Galatians 5:1-26
Now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, our Lord Yeshua, make you complete in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Yeshua the Messiah, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.Hebrews 13:20-21