Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” vs. 111 Thessalonians 5:6-11
Paul knew that all would be well with that little congregation in Thessalonica because they understood that life is communal. We’re not on our own in this world, a bunch of singles laboring toward a celestial goal, but we are one body in Christ. The Holy Spirit has called us into a community of faith, and for better or worse, we are enmeshed with one another. Now for those who love their privacy, that may seem a burden, but in the long run there is nothing better than knowing we have brothers and sisters who will be present for us when times get tough. Likewise, there is nothing sadder than seeing people trying to deal with adversity on their own. In community, when problems come to one member of the body, others quickly respond with encouragement and support. If we stumble or fall, someone who loves us will be there to lift us up, and hold us close. Many people move frequently, and they may even welcome getting away from childhood homes, but the wise realize that the sooner they make connections, the better it will be for them. As Genesis puts it so succinctly, it is not good for humans to be alone. We need companions on the journey, and if they share our faith, all the better!
Thought for the Day: How has community been important for me?