What God Taught Me About “Community” | Christian Blogger

The reason community is emphasized is because this year, 2018, I felt God press the word community on my heart.

For those who have followed this blog since January, you may be familiar when two crucial post series to this blog was made.

Community Spotlight & Community Prayer

Can you believe we have spent a whole year praying for the community?

This year, I also worked on trying to create a series that pulled more people in like continuing the Alphabet Devotional. I’m anticipating more interviews and discussions with others this coming next year.

I want to help equip people which is where the Bible Summaries and my Prayer series come into play.

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Community certainly taught me how to reach out, but it was not the only thing I learned. I learned the negative side too, and this year has probably been the hardest.

  • I saw more about how legalism of scripture divides us.

-It gets ugly quick.

  • I saw how differing thoughts on scriptures can go from a discussion to those discussing, which included me, becoming guarded and frustrated.

-A discussion should never become hurtful or encourage downgrading others.

  • I saw how people who have a lot of knowledge in scripture and sometimes theory would downgrade others who didn’t, or make assumptions/ judgments about people they didn’t know.

-I’ve been talked down to because people who have read only one post think I don’t know what I am talking about, only to back peddle in some statements after I respond. (This isn’t to point fingers, rather, to be honest.) 

  • I saw and experienced through myself and others how our emotions distract us from talking in a way Christ would approve. How our passions often are filtered through anger and frustration, not zeal. Our rants become meaningless and not helpful to others.

-I’ve deleted some posts because God showed me how ridiculous and short-sighted they were. All because they were fueled on a short-lived passion of frustration. 

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But through these negatives, this is what God taught me.

  • Be patient and kind when people disagree. 
  • STOP responding, it is not about proving my point. It is not about being emotional. Or to get that “last” comment in. If people disagree, LET THEM!

– This is still taking time. I am an explainer. But I’ve seen how sometimes people are not going to accept my views and explanations. I can’t change it, in the same way, they can’t change mine.  Don’t keep commenting in a discussion when it is evident tension is rising.

  • DO NOT COMMENT ON A DISAGREEABLE POST! – Plain and simple. If the person who wrote it is strongly against what we think, our comment is probably not going to change the writer’s mind.

-Does not matter if at the bottom discussion is encouraged. No. Don’t go there! More than likely, our comments may start a disagreement, which then may escalate. When it does…it’s very hard to continue to speak in a Christlike manner, without emotions getting involved. We want to show Christ? Stay out of places that will encourage drama.

  • Seek forgiveness quickly! – We are told to be peacemakers. It doesn’t matter how something started. It doesn’t matter who is “more” right or wrong. If there is a problem, we need to seek forgiveness from our actions and the situation. This INCLUDES the blogging community!

– We’re not going to be perfect. If we have an issue with a fellow brother or sister, we need to take care of the issue now. We don’t want to encourage grudges. If our post riled up people, we need to clarify, we may need to apologize, etc. Be willing and listen to people, even if we disagree.

  •  Try not to assume where a person’s walk with Christ is. Especially if we don’t know this person.

– I know for me, sometimes I misunderstand because reading a post only gives so much. But we must do our best not to make assumptions.

  • Quit trying to teach in every comment or use every moment to teach. People want to be talked to more than they want to be preached at. I truly believe lessons God gives us to give to others will flow naturally…not forced or feel out of place.

-If all we sound like is someone who is higher than others, has more knowledge/wisdom, etc, we won’t be relatable. We need to ask ourselves, “Why should someone care about what I am saying? Is it relatable to this person RIGHT NOW? Does this give God glory or does it put the spotlight on me? Am I saying this because this is an opportunity or simply because I can make it a teaching moment?”

  • That being said, have patience with those who only know how to reach out to others in a certain way. 

-God has been putting this on my heart. It’s important we understand, God may lead us differently than someone else. But when we see how these particular approaches or techniques may be more harmful than good there is a way to discuss this…with grace and compassion. Sometimes people really don’t know. I see a lot of Christian bloggers think they have to “speak” in a particular way, and we don’t. But sometimes hearing this is challenging. We need to be gentle and understanding.

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With everything being said, the things God has taught me about the blogging community especially has really helped me. It also has made me more aware and grateful of the moments I can share with others in person. Especially with my home church, and how I could be able to help others in ways that I can’t on my blog.

I’ve learned, as a whole, community means we need to reach out to others. We need to lift them up even when it is hard on us, like when we disagree. We need to make sure we are sharing Christ but more importantly, showing Him and reflecting Him to others.

Lift Him first, and then lift others up.

Time is short. 

What has God taught you this year?

May We Praise Him In The HighestThe King Who Was And Is To Come.Lift Up Your Banner Holy PeopleAnd Praise Him As One.

Monthly Scripture- (NIV) Romans 1:17, “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

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26 thoughts on “What God Taught Me About “Community” | Christian Blogger

  1. Great post, T. R.! It can be really easy to point out problems, and not always as easy to point out solutions. I so appreciate how you shared the things you learned in seeing these problems and the solutions the Lord has taught you! These things can and will be fixed when we Christians are taught by Jesus to love others before ourselves, speak and act in humility and love, and always put the needs of others before our own. It’s all about simply being a Christian, and learning what it looks like to be one online. Thanks for a post like this that points back to Christ!

    I loved the point you made about making sure our words flow out of a love for Christ. In my own experience, the times my words (and life!) have made the biggest impact on people for Christ, I wasn’t even trying to impact them. I simply was loving Jesus and loving people. And it makes it so clear that it was the work of Christ, and not my own work!

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    1. Anyway… 😹

      It is such a relief to realize that I don’t need to focus on saying the right words or doing the right thing (although I also can’t just ignore those things). If my focus is completely fixed on loving Jesus and loving others, He will take care of the rest.

      You asked what we learned this year! At the beginning of the year, the area God made it clear He was going to grow me in this year (2018) was loving others. And He has taught me so much! One thing that really stood out was how much further I have to go in loving others, haha. I’m excited to seek Him in regard to 2019 and see what He will do in the coming year! Praise God for what He has done in your own life!

      Blessings, T. R.! ❤️

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      1. Praise the Lord!!!! Loving others is so important and I really think all of us need to draw closer to Him and His love to love others in His footsteps. Praise Jesus for guidance! I can’t wait to see where He leads you!

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  2. The internet enables people to make comments they would never dream of in real life. It’s unfortunate that such a great medium (the internet) for thought and discussion tends to devolve into name calling. You’re spot on about controlling and measuring your response – that’s all we can do as Christians.

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  3. One of the many things that God has taught me this year is dependence on Him. That is something that I feel He has been placing on my heart when I noticed that I can’t do everything on my own and have to read His Word and pray to Him so that I can learn to depend on Him.

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    1. Amen!!! He is ever present and we must turn to Him. But like you we all need that reminder. Praise the Lord for loving us enough to remind us to go to Him! 🙂 May you continue to grow in Him!


  4. I have been exercising more discretion with the discussions I get involved in and how long I stay in the conversation over the last year, and it’s been a huge improvement for my peace of mind. Now, I can’t stand that anxious feeling in the bottom of my stomach when I am semi-dreading someone’s tense reply to whatever I just said. Recently, I was struck by some of the advice in 2 Timothy chapter 2, and I wrote “social media fights” in the margin. I loved the verse that says to avoid godless discussions over words that only hurt the people who hear such discussions. It also says that the Lord’s servant should not be quarrelsome but instead kind, able to teach, not resentful. Maybe I will draft up a blog post on that. 🙂

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    1. Yes! I’ve shared these scriptures before when God showed me I could delete comments that didnt make sense and He only further led me with them. Showing how they apply not only to others but especially me. ❤ It is a great topic!!!

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    1. ❤ thank you so much for the prayers, Meredith!!! I cannot wait to see what God will do and how He will lead me to speak to others. I want Him to receive His glory and I hope I can reflect Him more. 🙂

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  5. “STOP responding, it is not about proving my point.” This is something i am still learning. I tend not to do it a lot online but I get frustrated whenever I am misunderstood during verbal conversations. The Holy Spirit has been teaching me how to handle these issues. He’s been teaching me a lot about meekness and patience and how to handle cases where people just decide to misunderstand and refuse to open their minds to what I am saying. It’s not been an easy process but yeah I believe I will get there.

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  6. I’m ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY! I love this. Great post – Keep up the great work! If you’re ever looking to guest post, take a look at DailyPS.com – The team would love to have you. No pressure though, keep up the great content!!!

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