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What Does the Bible Say About Living in Community With Others?

The Bible is pretty clear that God made us to live in fellowship with one another. Some of the first things Luke writes about the early church in Acts cover the logistics of how believers will live in community with and take care of one another.

And because residents and staff at Bethesda Senior Living Communities live and work closely together, understanding Biblical principles of Christian community can be important to ensuring the comfort, success and enjoyment of everyone. Here are a few things the Bible has to say about living in community with each other.

Encourage One Another

Affirmation is a great Christian principle — encouraging one another to use God's gifts to glorify Him or help others is important no matter how old you are or where you live. Seniors in assisted living communities can encourage each other to fellowship, study God's Word, worship regularly and take action for their faith.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

Bear Each Other's Burdens

It may sometimes seem like life has given you too much to handle, but Jesus is always there to shoulder your burden and guide you through. And didn't He command us to love others as He has loved us?

Galatians 6:2 says to "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

It's true that you can't take someone's medical issue away from them or step in to fix the family issues your neighbor is struggling with. That's not what God means by asking us to bear each other's burdens. Instead, we're to love, support, pray for and listen to each other in a Christ-like way.

Be Patient

It's one of the fruits of the spirit, but it's often easily overlooked when we're frustrated or tired ourselves. But 1 Thessalonians 5:14 says, "And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all."

Whether you're called to admonish or encourage someone in your community, the Bible ads that caveat: Be patient with them. It's probably a good idea to tack on the rest of those spiritual fruits. Kindness, joy, love, self-control, peace, goodness, gentleness and faithfulness all go a long way in creating a stronger community when everyone tries to practice them.

Know That Christ Dwells Among You

Matthew 18:20 says, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."

Know that Jesus is dwelling with you at each Bethesda Senior Living Community and when you gather to study the Bible, worship or simply fellowship in a common area or dining room, He is with you rejoicing, encouraging and bearing your burdens as you bear each other's.

While everyone may come from a different faith journey and background, living together as a community is important for those making a home in any assisted living community. Putting Biblical principles into action is one way to make everyone feel loved and welcome.