The tie that binds Christian hearts together is the most wonderful thing in this world! The camaraderie of kindred spirits so closely bound together by like-precious faith is indescribable. Sweet fellowship in Jesus Christ -- praise and thanksgiving to God for it!
The Bible teaches that Christians have been called "into the fellowship of God's dear Son!" (read 1 Corinthians 1:9). When we are in fellowship with Him who is our Savior, we are in like manner in fellowship with the Father. And this fellowship extends to our fellow human beings who are also in Christ...who have been translated from darkness into the kingdom of light. Consider 1 John 1:1-7, Colossians 1:13, Ephesians 1:3, etc.
Almighty God designed and purposed this "tie that binds" to be a "little bit of heaven on earth!" And it is just that! As hearts and minds are blended together in Christian love and service, the joy forthcoming defies words to adequately describe! It is a marvelous thing to experience!
But my heart aches for those who do not know this joy -- the vast majority of the world's population are floundering in sin and spiritual misery. How terribly sad! These have never known the way of righteousness...they are still walking in darkness. But even sadder, if such is possible, is to think of those who have known the Way and have left it...choosing to go back into darkness and forfeit the precious "tie that binds." This tears at my heart, to think of friends and loved ones who have done this very thing. It pains me ever so deeply because I know what they are missing!
So to those who might read this little article who have drifted away -- I plead with you -- come back Home -- come back to Jesus Christ and His church -- come back and know the preciousness of "the tie that binds" together the hearts of God's people. Please read Luke 15:11-32.