Understanding Community

The word community is, without question, central to human experience, (Romans 15:7). Communities play an important role in every aspect of our lives. We have communities in our friends, our families, our employment, our neighborhoods, and in so many other places. We find community in the sports teams we support, the artists we enjoy, even the food we like. A community embraces spirit and character and is a vital element of a healthy community.

Having a sense of community unites us. It is a feeling that people within the community matter to one another with a shared faith that their needs will be met through commitment and togetherness,). Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves, (Psalm 133:1). Being part of an engaging community gives us a sense of belonging, (Galatians 3:28) It enables us to share personal relatedness and support perpetual growth of each other, ourselves, and our environment, (Galatians 6:10). It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure, (Psalm 91:1-2, Psalm 46:1)

It’s important for every person to have a sense of community. A strong community can greatly benefit individuals and families in a variety of ways. In an age where technology both connects us and separates us, a local community can greatly benefit our well-being and can increase our contentment in day-to-day life. As we get older, it can sometimes get harder to connect with the people around us. But, that connection will ultimately ease stress and feelings of loneliness, (1 Corinthians 12:12).

What makes a community strong is its solidarity toward a common goal. Big or small, a community can provide countless opportunities for growth and experience, (1 Peter 3:8)

With a community of people looking out for your best interests and working together for a common goal, there is no shortage of opportunities to strive for something greater than yourself. A strong community can give the support you need for success.

A strong community provides an environment of safety and security, (Psalm 91:4) You should feel secure within your community. You should feel a peace-of-mind and feel safe. No place is perfect, but you should always feel a sense of security when part of a strong healthy community. (Acts 2:46-47)

Cites: https://dunmorepa.gov/news/importance-strong-communities/ https://www.wellbeingpeople.com/2020/07/23/the-importance-of-an-engaging-community/

Published by The Mercy Table

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