It is a wonderful experience to be surrounded by people who will support you and cheer you on as you go through life’s challenges. Because man is a social being, being in the company of other people is evidently something that comes naturally to him. Being in a community with others will give men a sense of belonging due to the love and support they will receive from others. This is especially evident if you share the same beliefs and culture as others do. Moreover, the Bible encourages believers to live in fellowship with one another. What does this passage directly teach us about being a part of a community with other people?
When we are in a community with other Christians, the Lord promised in the Book of Matthew 18:20 that He would be there with us when two or three believers are gathered together because of His name. It will also please God if the brethren dwell together in unity. (Psalm 133:1)
According to the Scriptures, as Christians we have a responsibility to assist our fellow Christians in the actions that are part of their everyday lives as well. We need to encourage one another to show love and kindness to those around us by performing acts of compassion and love. We are also reminded that we must not forget to get together with one another. Others may have forgotten the importance of being in community with others, or they may be ignoring the need to do so. But rather than that, we need to build each other up in our faith to redeem the time that we have left before the day finally arrives. (Hebrews 10:24-25) We also cannot claim that this day has taken so long to arrive because one day to God is equivalent to a thousand days to man. (2 Peter 3:8)
When we are in the company of other Christians who share our faith, we will be strengthened by the convictions of our Christian brothers and sisters. (Romans 1:12) Because of this, it is essential that the community we choose to be a part of is one that is composed of Christians. Otherwise, we risk learning the habits of those around us and becoming tempted to follow in their footsteps.
Within the fellowship of believers, we have been reminded that we are to love and honor one another above ourselves and be devoted to one another in loving service. (Romans 12:10) As followers of Christ, we are obligated to love one another in the same unselfish and unreserved manner that our Lord and Savior loved us. Jesus’ love for us was selfless and unconditional. Because love covers a multitude of sins, when we love, we overlook any and all transgressions, and we find it much simpler to forgive. (1 John 4:11) It is also required of us to be an instrument of grace toward the people around us and a representation of God’s love for us.