“IT’S A MESSAGE”: COMMUNITY | by Miki

Community.

What is it and why is it so important?

Do you ever wonder why Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbour as we love ourselves? (Matt22:38).

Why is fellowship with one another and loving one another so important, yet sometimes so hard? Loving each other goes beyond the four walls of a building that we come together to worship God in, it requires time and effort and a heart for one another. I’m not going to sit here and profess to have mastered this because God knows me and my heart and that my flesh sometimes prevails. More times than I care to admit does the lazy and unmotivated part of me come out to play but more and more I’m beginning to see why unity in the body of Christ is so important and how vital it is to kill the flesh and love against all odds.

More than anything, like it says in the Word – ‘If someone says ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?’ (1 John 4:20).

God goes as far to say that if love for our brethren is not in us, can we really love God? Could we even call ourselves Christians? A lack of love and a Spirit of disunity is killing individuals and theChurchofGodas the devil just sits back and laughs at the breakdown caused.

Yes community builds a network of emotional support and is a primary way of avoiding loneliness but is community also the reason why we exist? We were made to fellowship with God and to bring glory to Him which goes back to the beginning of creation. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit exist as three persons. The true wonder of oneness is seen in this, that the One who was there from the beginning, had His own community. Community is rooted in the very being of God and He invites us into the fellowship of this community. If God is community (demonstrated by the three persons), and we were created in His image, do we not also need to value and be a community?

True community isn’t forced, it’s birthed out of a genuine heart of love and as love is one of the fruits of the Spirit, we need to contend for that.

Community is worth fighting for.

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