Day 11: Communities
“I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:10 (MSG)
This appears to be an unusual scripture to talk about community, but as we look closely at this scripture, God has given us a strategy in how we can make a difference in the lives of those we interact with each day.
A community is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. It is also described as a feeling of fellowship with others, a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. We belong to various communities such as our neighborhoods, clubs and even in our workplace. What a wonderful opportunity we have to develop community in these areas of influence that God has placed us.
Today, we see division and discord throughout our communities around various social issues. You may say, “how can we as a community of believers make a difference?” We are encouraged by the scripture above to learn to be considerate. IFC’s core value #4 says it best, that “authentic life-change happens in the context of relationships.” Circles are better than rows. Together is better-community.”
This states that the impact to change our community starts with us as believers. As we are building solid Christian communities that are authentic, this will, in turn, spread out into our areas of influence and therefore impact the lives we intersect. This is reflected in our thoughts, our words and our actions by causing us to stop and reflect if what we are about to think, say, or do shows consideration and leads to the building of community.
I declare that we are a strong community of believers who display an authentic love and service for one another. We are a Godly influence in the various communities that we have been placed which are safe, free from drugs and violence of any kind. The communities that we reside in are influenced by the peace and the power of God reflected through my life.