TLC — tender love and care — in koinonia is God being through us.
TLC comes from God our Father, his Son Messiah Jesus and The Holy Spirit. When we walk worthy of God’s calling, we participate in tender love and care.
We thrive in rich interpersonal relationships, mutuality and interdependence with our family and with other brothers and sisters in Messiah.
We love one another in word and deed, encourage one another, teach and admonish one another, give and receive edification, exhortation and comfort, sharing our lives and resources with one another.
Jesus walked on this earth as God our Father’s example of TLC. By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, God made us new creatures in Messiah with the same capability as he had after he was baptized with the Spirit. (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-14; Luke 3:18-23; John 1:26-34)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.
On the day of Pentecost, many Jews came to faith in Messiah Jesus. They asked Peter, “what shall we then do?” Peter said to them:
… “Repent and be immersed, every one of you, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 40 With many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”
Then those who gladly received his word were immersed. There were added that day about three thousand souls.
They continued steadfastly in the emissaries’/apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer. Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the emissaries. All who believed were together, and had all things in common. They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:38-46.
In those ways of relating, we share in TLC in the body of Messiah.
To each one of us grace was given for the work of our love one another ministry, according to the measure of the gift of Messiah, (Ephesians 4:1-10).
Messiah gave us equippers to equip us for this ministry of building up the body of Messiah. “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man/mature adult, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah.”And, “grow up in all things into him who is the head, Messiah.”…
“He gave some to be emissaries/apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; for the perfecting of the holy ones, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Messiah, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man/mature adult, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah, that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; but 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, (Messiah) makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love.”Ephesians 4:11-16.
Vines Dictionary on koinonia
Scripture quoted is from the World Messianic Bible
~ Bill Bremer