“(Love) is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.”
1 Corinthians 13: 6
“Love you, brother.”
“Love you too, man. I will talk to you later.”
We need this kind of love in our communities, churches, and government. It is so important that the city of Philadelphia was named after it. Phileo is the third word for love that we have been investigating. It is the foundation for any good society. How we treat our fellow man reflects a love that can turn the course of a nation. That is why America existed to give people worth and value. That is a very life-changing kind of compassion.
Now ladies, this covers both sexes. This is what a community is all about. Is shows caring about those around us, being a good neighbor, or even just a smile to a stranger. These are things that are easy to take for granted especially as life gets busier. Like a single flame in a dark place those simple acts of human kindness do shine out.
I wanted to talk about how sorely lacking this kind of brotherly love is today. However, just like the seasons change something has been stirring. There is a movement of community going on. I pray that this is the Lord at work in everyday people to see this love restored.
If I may, I wanted not just to tell you about it but personally show it to you. I have been blessed to be a part of a few outreaches designed to build community and ultimately lead people to the Lord. These three examples all come from needs that cried out to be filled.
About ten years ago four Christian brothers decided to go on a hike in Idyllwild, CA. During that afternoon along a wooded trail a dream was born. Why not get people outside among God’s glorious creation? We could plan activities for families to spend time together building memories and spending time together. Creation Tours was realized. Since that time it has changed hands and is now Creation Treks. We have now included multiple sporting activities such as biking, (road and mountain) kayaking, fishing, running, and of course hiking. Check us out on Facebook.
Last year I was privileged to be a part of a mentor program at my school. I am a high school teacher and work with many struggling students. One of the biggest needs they have is guidance and connecting with positive role models. We began a program called B3 which stands for Building Better Brothers. We are still constructing our program but we hope to match small groups of students with mentors and help them build brotherhood with their peers.
Finally, I was asked to be a part of a family community group. It is so new it does not even have a name yet. The idea was to not just have Bible Study and fellowship for men or women but for the whole family. It will provide a chance for families to spend time with each other. They eat, pray, worship, study, and have fun together. We are only in our third week but it has already been a blessing to get together in a regular basis.
Phileo is alive and well. However, it needs a resurgence. Maybe God is showing you how to build a community group where you live or work. We were made social beings like God Himself. No man is an island, as a famous author once penned. We need each other especially on those days when no one understands you.
I challenge you to love and be loved in a brotherly or sisterly way. Find how you can start a group or plug into one where you can share life with others. It is one step closer to that agape love of God. You may be the only example of Christ that people will see. So why don’t you open that door and see what is on the other side?