BLESS BE THE TIE

BLEST BE THE TIE

INTRODUCTION
A. A wonderful blessing we enjoy in Christ is fellowship with other Christians…
1. We are members of one another – Romans 12:5
2. Thus we have a special bond or tie that binds us together
B. A simple yet beautiful song that describes this bond is “Blest Be The Tie” – song #76
C. From the words of this song, let’s take this opportunity to reflect upon the special bond we enjoy as Christians…
DISCUSSION
A. “BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS OUR HEARTS IN CHRISTIAN LOVE” (v. 1)
1. Consider first what the tie that binds is not
a. It is not an earthly tie, such as:
1) Friendship
2) Marriage
3) Family – All of which are either social or physical ties
b. It is not broken like earthly ties, such as through:
1) Separation
2) Incompatibility (e.g., the apostles were a diverse group)
3) Death
2. Consider then what the tie that binds is
a. Love, not easily broken – Colossians 3:14
b. Love, that comes from the God of love – 1 John 4:7-11
c. Love, learned from the example of Christ – 1 John 3:16
d. Love, serving as a mark of true discipleship – John 13:34-35
3. The tie involves love that is uniquely Christian; patterned after Christ’s love
B. “THE FELLOWSHIP OF KINDRED MINDS IS LIKE TO THAT ABOVE” (v. 1)
1. This tie involves a unity for which Jesus prayed – John 17:20-23
2. It involves a unity of mind for which Paul prayed – Philippians 2:2
3. Therefore any threat to this unity is strongly condemned – 1 Corinthians 1:10
4. The tie seeks to emulate the unity between the Father and the Son
5. The tie that binds is based upon the love and unity which Christ makes possible; how it is manifested is illustrated in the remaining verses of the song…
C. “BEFORE OUR FATHER’S THRONE WE POUR OUR ARDENT PRAYERS” (v. 2)
1. We are blessed to be able to approach God in prayer
a. A privilege enjoyed in Christ – Hebrews 4:14-16a
b. A privilege with great blessings
1) Hebrews 4:16b
2) Philippians 4:6-7
2. This song depicts frequent and fervent prayer
a. Praying for one another
1) James 5:16
2) Acts 12:5
b. Praying with another
1) Acts 1:14
2) Acts 2:42
3) Acts 12:12
4) Acts 21:5
3. Such prayer is a benefit of the tie that binds, and also strengthens that tie
D. “OUR FEARS, OUR HOPES, OUR AIMS ARE ONE, OUR COMFORTS AND OUR CARES” (v. 2)
1. We have similar concerns and desires
a. Some because we are simply fellow humans in this world
1) We desire to be healthy, we fear sickness and dying
2) We enjoy comforts of life, we fear joblessness and poverty
b. Others because we are fellow citizens of the kingdom
1) We share the hope of the resurrection and eternal life – 1 Peter 1:3
2) We share in the struggles against temptation and persecution – 1 Peter 5:8-9
2. As Christians, therefore, we can have more in common
a. Not just because of our human nature
b. But also because we are partakers of divine nature
1) Grace and peace are multiplied – 2 Peter 1:2-3
2) We have exceedingly great and precious promises – 2 Peter 1:4
3. Our shared experiences, enhanced by our spiritual blessings, strengthen our tie
4. The next verse focuses on mutual problems we sometimes face…
E. “WE SHARE OUR MUTUAL WOES, OUR MUTUAL BURDENS BEAR” (v. 3)
1. As Christians, we are to bear one another’s burdens – Galatians 6:1-2
2. In times of spiritual weakness, we are to pray for one another – James 5:16
3. In times of persecution, we are to remember one another – Hebrews 13:3
4. In times of physical need, we are to provide for one another – James 1:27
5. Manifested in such ways, the tie we have in Christ is truly a blessing
F. “AND OFTEN FOR EACH OTHER FLOWS THE SYMPATHIZING TEAR” (v. 3)
1. Because that is how God composed the body of Christ! – 1 Corinthians 12:24b-26
2. That we might weep with those who weep – Romans 12:15
3. An emotional but effective demonstration of the bond we share
4. The final verse describes the impact of the tie that binds, when it comes time to separate, even temporarily…
G. “WHEN WE ASUNDER PART, IT GIVE US INWARD PAIN” (v. 4)
1. The tie is such that departure can be painful
2. Note the example of Paul and the Ephesian elders – Acts 20:36-38
3. Never experience such pain? Perhaps one might need to examine their tie
H. “BUT WE SHALL BE JOINED IN HEART, AND HOPE TO MEET AGAIN” (v. 4)
1. We might be separated in the flesh, but can remain together in spirit – Colossians 2:5
2. We are comforted by a wonderful hope
a. The hope of the resurrection – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
b. Made possible by the resurrection of Christ, and our faith in Him – 1 Peter 1:3-5
3. It is this hope which keeps our hearts joined together, when all other bonds fail
CONCLUSION
A. “Blest Be The Tie” is a beautiful song…
1. That describes the blessings of our oneness in Christ
2. That expresses how many Christians truly feel for one another
B. But it describes blessings known only by those…
1. Who have been added by Christ to His church – Acts 2:41,47
2. Who are diligent in preserving the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace – Ephesians 4:1-3
C. Have you been added to the Lord’s church through obedience to the gospel (cf. Ac 2:38)?
D. Are you doing your part to strengthen the tie that binds those in Christ?
E. “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” (Col. 3:14, NAS)

Tom Moore
Park Heights church of Christ
P. O. Box 107
1300 East Boynton Street
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison.
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