Be a Village
Scripture: John 15:19 NKJV
A village, defined as a self-contained district or community within a town or city, regarded as having features characteristic of village life. John 15:19 tells us that we were chosen out of this world but we are not of this world because Christ Himself is not of this world. However; functioning within the confines of this world we operate according to God's Word, God's Will, God's system. Jesus tells in Matthew 22:21 how to operate "...render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God the things that are God's...". As some point the body of Christ has to operate as a unit. We can't be divided and we have to agree on God's Word, God's Will, and God's system. Working together as one body with many members as God instructed and loving each other and people. Jesus said, "...A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” What is love? the Bible tells us that God is love and its characteristics can be found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This is us being God's village. Set apart from the world but set in it and loving each other God's way. We challenge everyone to operate with a village mindset understanding we were created in Christ for good works and to be the salt of the earth.
One of the many things God has put on my heart during this time is context. Context is defined as The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed. In Proverbs chapter 4 the Bible speaks of the security in Wisdom, but in the latter half of verse 7 Solomon writes "...and in all your getting, get understanding..." one of the prizes of wisdom and understanding is an ornament of grace. This connection of understanding and grace bring me to the scripture reference. I've learned when dealing with each other and holding each other accountable context is everything. Assessing or discerning yourself, your past, your growth, and your process of growth will help you address someone with a tone of understanding. Considering the same context for the person you are addressing will help you deal with them in a gracious way. The goal is restoration and everything that is said needs to line up with that goal. One body. One team. One goal.