Everyone is part of a community. Most of us belong to several smaller communities within the larger community of our hometown.
Community: a unified body of individuals (Merriam-Webster)
With such a vague definition, I am a member of multiple communities:
- The neighborhood of lower Columbia City
- The ARKS book group
- The Reading Group at the middle school
- WANA Tribe
- My church
- The Hughson family
And it could go on and on.
The point is, whatever community you are a member of, love works to strengthen that community. In fact, the word “unified” suggests an act of agreement and togetherness.
Love doesn’t seek recognition
A machine that runs well has multiple parts working at the same speed doing a specific job.
A community thrives under this same principle.
That means, one person can’t have their own agenda. “I’m going to look so good when people see me doing this.”
True love doesn’t stand out front seeking recognition (1 Corinthians 13:4).
Love cares about giving – not getting
In a community, people share. In my book group, we exchange books with each other – freely. We don’t worry about them being lost or destroyed because we know the other person respects them as much as we do.
When a community shares a common goal, people focus on that. Everyone does what they can to reach the mark.
Personality isn’t important – the goal is. Payment isn’t a priority – reaching the mark is.
Love manifests Christ to others
By its very definition of bearing, believing, hoping and enduring all things (1 Corinthians 13:7), love shines forth like a beacon. People notice it. It draws attention – but not through self-serving means.
“What can Jesus do for me?” The community steps in to rebuild a barn that burnt to the ground, and the sacrificial love of Christ is demonstrated.
“No one cares about my problems.” People step in to raise funds to cover medical bills, and the Heavenly Father is glorified.
When we work for others, we help our community.
In fact, that is what community is all about: people working together for a common good.
Next week: Love Works Challenge