Written by: Ruth Meed
A friend of mine inspired me to think about the topic of living in community with other women. What makes community vital? How does your church encourage its members to reach out and fellowship with others outside of their small friend-group? How do we do this effectively so that Gods glory takes precedent, and believers become built up and encouraged?
Before we begin discussing the answers to these questions, we have to make a few keynotes. While this is beneficial for us, living in community with women glorifies God. It glorifies God by reflecting His character, and as we are in community with women, we see characteristics of God. Another note we have to make, we need to develop an understanding that we should love one another as well as the reasons for doing so. In parts two and three of this article, we will discuss how we love one another. For now, let’s look at why we should love one another. 1 Corinthians 13:2, And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
A) It’s a commandment
John 13:34-35, A new commandment I give to you that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all men will know that you are My disciples if you have a love for one another.
B) It’s something we owe each other
Romans 13:8, Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
C) It’s what we are taught by God to do
1 Thessalonians 4:9, Now as to the love of the brethren, you do not need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another
D) It grows as we nurture it
1 Thessalonians 3:12, and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you
E) It’s developed and purified as we obey God by intentionally, genuinely loving each other.
1 Peter 1:22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.
Ruth E. Meed BA, MAT, MS, as an author, speaker, and musician, was born the first of twin girls in Ethiopia, and at age 9 moved with her family to Ontario, Canada, and then on to New Brunswick. She earned a Diploma of Biblical and Theological Studies from New Brunswick Bible Institute, a BA in Counseling from Washington Bible College, an MAT in Special Education, and an MEd in Biblical Counseling from Bob Jones University. Ruth is a “Highly Qualified” certified Special Educator, with 27 years of experience including working for 7 years in a home for abused and neglected girls as well as teaching in public and private schools and most recently as a university assistant professor. With her wealth of leadership, teaching, and counseling experience, she offers her services through consulting, speaking, podcast interviews, and publishing. She has published a Bible study: Is God There? 34 ways God Says That He Is Faithful (Dec 2018), a biography of a Pastor, My life Story (Feb, 2019) through T. E. A. M., 3 Ministries, and a Christ-honoring music CD through Stringenberg Music Studio releasing Beside Gentle Streams: Hope for Hurting Hearts in March of 2018.