To whoever is reading this, do you know that you’re part of a community/a group of friend’s/a click/a sisterhood/a brotherhood ?
We tend to surround ourselves with people that we have common interests with. We should also be able to recognize how influential that community is in our lives-heck! I’ve recognized that. (This might be an exception to those introverts out there lol) . You also may notice that you become who you surround yourself with. Whether you like it or not-it will slowly change you. Either it has changed your for the better, or changed you for the worse.
In every season of my life-I was blessed with a refreshing change in community. I was also blessed with the friendships that have lasted through the seasons. So why the need to emphasis this so called “Community”?
There are so many examples of beautiful raw relationships born out of a love for God. Jonathan and David, Moses and Aaron, Elijah and Elisha, Naomi and Ruth and for me, my personal favorite was Esther and Mordecai. Mordecai adopted his orphaned cousin Hadassah (Esther), which he brought up as if she was his own daughter. Mordecai was Esther’s right hand and someone who fought with her spiritually for their people.
I can also think of three basic reasons why Community/Fellowship is important;
- Community allows the opportunity to grow, pray, serve, worship and witness.
I don’t know about you but this is the DEFINITION of Community for me. I know i can call a sister/brother up and ask for her/his prayers with me for a particular circumstance I’m going through. I also know i can count on her/him to speak truth to me when i cant make sense of things. I also know that these are the platforms for witnessing and testifying of God’s goodness. [Proverbs 27:17-As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend]
- To have accountability and guidance
I don’t know about you but i have those girlfriends/cousins of mine that i call up and just need to Vent! and of course confess my sin (ITS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO CONFESS TO GOD). This comes with a risk every time because i know I’m about to get some straight talk but I also know I need to hear it. The straight talk is the way of getting me back on track and repenting and that’s real love. [James 5:16-Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective]
- For the practicality of God’s word.
God’s word can not be merely described or talked about to others, he has to be experienced. So if you’re learning patience, endurance or love-you best be ready to back that up with a testimony. God’s word needs to become flesh-become real in our lives. The only way this is done is if its practiced……..on others. [John 13:34-35-So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples]
You see-the greatest commandment God gave was to love each other! That means you actually got to be open to the opportunity of learning to love others. (And I’m not talking about the romantic, naive kind of love. I’m talking about the real Agape love. The kind of love that compels you to forgive those who have wronged you so many times). We are known to be God’s disciples through our love.
I hope that you RECOGNIZE your Community for 2018. Make a STAND for the type of people you surround yourself with. Be with those who will ACTUALLY contribute to where God has you heading to and CHOOSE those accountability who are NOT afraid to give you the truth when you need to hear it. Also have DISCERNMENT in knowing what relationship you need to stick through and which one God needs you to leave to him. Its our job to plant the seed of his word, seed of hope, encouragement and love in others. However its God’s job and that person to nurture the growth.
Thank you to all those who have blessed me with your love and accountability in every form and for every season of my life.I will always be Eternally Grateful. There’s so many of you but here is just to show a few.
[God knows how important it is to also FIGHT for community.If your heart is in the right place, God will bring you to it and it to you]