The benefits of shared meals are well-documented and have been written about extensively. From a psychological standpoint, sharing a meal with another person is one of the best ways to build a connection. It strengthens social ties, provides comfort in difficult times, and allows people to exchange ideas and stories. From a health standpoint, eating together has been shown to encourage healthier eating habits and smaller portion sizes. And, as we’ve seen in our current sermon series, the Bible is full of references to food and the importance of breaking bread together. Sharing a meal with others is one of the best ways to connect with them on a deeper level. Here are three ways that the Bible shows the benefits of breaking bread together.
- The Bible says that breaking bread together is a symbol of unity.
“A large crowd was following Jesus, and he turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.'” (Luke 14:26-27)
- The Bible says that breaking bread together is a symbol of fellowship.
“Let us think of ways to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- The Bible says that breaking bread together is a symbol of God’s love.
“I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:48-51)
Shared meals unite us and allow us to experience God’s love through the simple act of breaking bread. So next time you gather with friends and family, don’t just eat together – truly break bread together. Enjoy the fellowship and unity that comes with sharing a meal. And remember, you are loved by a God who desires for us to gather and break bread together in fellowship. So let’s make the most of it. Happy eating!
P.S. – You have the opportunity to participate in a fellowship meal by signing up for our Thanksgiving Meal. I hope you’ll join us!