Day 19 – Cultivating Community – Continuing on from Day 18, today’s chapter is building the characteristics of the church community. It’s so important to have a community the nourishes your walk with God and helps you to grow. Like anything else, community requires commitment, we have to be committed to God, to ourselves and to our family and friends. Some of the.
Some of the characteristics of cultivating a community include:
Honesty – You have to be honest with the people and other believers around you, but you also need to know how to speak lovingly. Some people have a hard time hearing the truth but you have to love them enough to tell them when they are being self-destructive.
Humility – Pride has to take a back seat, there’s no room for it when cultivating a community. Being prideful builds a wall between people where humility builds bridges to connect.
Courtesy – Show respect and be considerate of others and their feelings. It’s also important to be patient with others, even the ones that irritate us (I need to work on this…sigh). The book refers to people like this as EGR people “Extra Grace Required”.
Confidentiality – I think this speaks for itself, in order to cultivate a trusting community there needs to be confidentiality. God hates gossip, there’s nothing wrong with discussing a problem within the group. But taking it outside the group causes hurt and destroys fellowship.
frequency – Having regular contact with your group/community creates genuine fellowship. Like anything else, relationships take time and the more time you spend together the stronger the relationship with get.
Question of the day is: How can I help cultivate today the characteristics of real community in my small group and my church?
The best thing I can do is continue to practice these characteristics to the best of my abilities. I’m certainly a work in progress, I have a long way to go but I’m not giving up on myself.
Learning to live in the moment,