Is Community Optional?

Psalm 133 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”

One of the most common misperceptions of community is that it is optional. We so often view it as something that we can choose to partake in when its convenient for us. It seems we seek the self-beneficial parts of it, instead of the self-sacrificial.

Building a community is difficult and will require hardship. Instead of shying away when faced with adversity, we should do our best to rely on Christ and his strength to continue being intentional with the people God has placed around us.

We, as image bearers of Christ, were created to have others around pushing, guiding, and supporting us. We were not meant to be alone. When we surround ourselves with a community of Christ followers, Christ is most reflected in us and we are most satisfied in Him. Community isn’t optional. It is a necessary entity for each of God’s people to flourish.

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