“Fellowship” is not mere casual conversation, socializing, food, and fun. Fellowship is experiencing life together.
Fellowship isn’t automatic. It is more than superficial chit-chat. It is genuine, heart-to-heart, sometimes gut-level, sharing. True fellowship is achieved when people trust each other enough to share their hurts, reveal their feelings, confess their failures, disclose their doubts, admit their fears, and ask for help and prayer.
This takes risk. But it’s the only way to grow spiritually and be emotionally healthy.
Of course all of this is mutual giving and receiving. It’s reciprocal. We must encourage, help, and pray for others.
This can’t happen overnight between two people. Trust takes time.
People can begin by sharing, continue by studying, grow through serving together, to a point where they can suffer together when times are tough.