Jesus showed in stories, teaching, and by example that living out the Gospel has to do with how well we “one-another” one another. Serve one another, pray for one another, help one another. Jesus' instruction was to Love One Another, which means you are not on your own. His all-encompassing, central request of us happens in community.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
"Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" 1 John 4:11
"Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8
To love requires community. What if 2022 was a year of community that challenges you to grow and interact with others on a deeper level?
Take time to think about the following questions and then discuss them with a community of people.
If love is a verb, how is this lived out day to day in your communities? When have you experienced this love in community? Conversely, when has there been a time you did not experience this kind of love in community?
Take time to write a list of all the "one another's" found in the scriptures. Which ones come easy to you? Which ones challenge you?
In 2022, how can you foster community that values belonging, authenticity, prayer, and serving one another? Do you belong to a community like that? If so, who do you know that you can invite into that community? If not, who can you reach out to?
Happy New Year!