I love this picture.
I see friendship, camaraderie, community, peace and hope.
On our best days TreeHouse feels like that.
Every time I meet someone I know they have legitimate needs and wants, hopes and dreams.
One of our hopes and dreams includes are desire for genuine community.
Community Vs. “Community Compromisers”
We want to know others and to be known by others. Known for who we are are, not for who we pretend to be. There are practices that compromise our safety in a community.
A list of “community compromisers” seems endless, but here’s a short list: people who “hate others, and are hard to get along with. People [who] become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble…“ Sound like your neighborhood, workplace, bar, softball team, well, in this case it sounds like a church! Yes, Paul of Tarsus one of the people God inspired to write the Bible was talking about a church he knew of and loved. They could have been a special community known for being caring, supportive and loving, but they spent more time on “community compromisers”.
Paul challenged the church in Galatia that if they wanted to follow Jesus Christ, they needed to follow the lead of God’s Holy Spirit. “God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled.“ In doing so they will build a memorable life-transforming community that lots of people would be attracted to.
Knowing how easy it is to slide back into old habits Paul continues, “because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. God’s Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit. But don’t be conceited or make others jealous by claiming to be better than they are.“
Want a community of friendship, camaraderie, community, peace and hope? Find people willing to make those sacrifices and make those commitments with you and you together you will create a community of love.