Not only is love for the brothers and sisters in Christ evidence of our love for God but Love for the brethren in the church is also evidence of Salvation. If we do not love our brothers and sisters in Christ and enjoy spending time with them then we are not in the light.
1 John 2:9-11 (ESV)
9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.
11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
This is even more direct, those who love the brothers and sisters have passed from death unto life.
1 John 3:14-17 (ESV)
14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
Now that is some serious things to think about.
If you are not part of a local church body, why not?
No church is perfect, if it was you or I couldn’t join. 🙂
However, while finding a good church is very difficult at times and in some areas, it is not impossible. (see the sidebar on the website for church locating links) It is easy to claim you love the brothers but you don’t feel the need to worship with the brothers corporately, yet try that excuse in other relationships. You love your spouse but don’t feel the need to live as a family. You love your parents but don’t feel the need to visit with them. Real love means we desire to visit and be with each other as much as possible. There is no excuse for not worshiping together with believers. If we, as a society, drive an hour or two for a sports activity surely we can do the same, if needed, for worshiping with fellow believers.