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The nine characteristics of biblical fellowship:
We will share our true feelings (authenticity),
Encourage each other (mutuality),
Support each other (sympathy),
Forgive each other (mercy),
Speak the truth in love (honesty),
Admit our weaknesses (humility),
Respect our differences, (courtesy),
Not gossip (confidentiality), and
Make group a priority (frequency).

When you look at the list of characteristics, it is obvious why genuine fellowship is so rare. It means giving up our selfcenteredness and independence in order to become interdependent. But the benefits of sharing life together far outweigh the costs, and it prepares us for heaven.

- Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

I cannot be more blessed to have an extended family whom share their lives with me in this true and sincere way. I won't even put the word family in quotes. That's how real I truly believe they are to me.

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