Dear Convergence Family,
You are not alone! I want to reiterate this reality and necessity to you. You and I were not meant to be alone. From the beginning of creation, God knew that it wasn’t good for us to be alone. In light of this, I want to encourage you to be proactively part of community.
It’s been said that sin “disintegrates” our souls. It disjoints our life. In the same fashion, sin has the power to pull our communities apart. It creates such shame in our lives that we begin to isolate ourselves from even our closest of friends. What we think will bring us comfort (being alone) actually amplifies the power of sin. The apostle Paul says in Romans that “the wages of sin is death.” Perhaps a way to look at death is ultimate isolation, to be utterly apart from anything and anyone.
All the more, I believe we need to be actively engaged in Christ-centered community. Christ redeems and heals our sin and Christ-centered community reminds us of this truth. Christ-centered community doesn’t just show us Christ, but helps us “experience” the redeeming truth of Christ by forgiving our sins. Christ-centered community accepts us in our failures and loves us when we think we are unloveable.
I want to encourage you to be a part of Christ-centered community. I want to encourage you to be this Christ-centered community to all who come…
In His Amazing Grace,
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”