Community within GLINK girls

Community within GLINK girls

Community and how to define community has been an interesting subject among the GLINK girls this year. Having two houses, Marie in Charleston and two married GLINK girls makes sharing daily life together very difficult. However, God has graciously been revealing to me where true community lies and that is within the Gospel.
So what does this look like? How does community and the Gospel coincide with each other?
First here is something from the Word:
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you,
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have
fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not
practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his
Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:5-7
By walking in the LIGHT we have FELLOWSHIP with one another and the only way to walk in the light is to be obedient out of love to our Lord. This reiterates how precious and important our time with the Lord is to life and community with others. This has definitely been reflected in the community amongst the GLINK girls. Our time with the Lord comes before our time with each other, which allows us to truly have a love for one another because of the Lord’s love within us.
For us this community and love for each other manifests in many different ways. It could be a sweet and encouraging note from Krystal, Mary Emily or Anna Grace. It could be an intentional coffee date with Jen or Jenna to catch up on life. It could be meeting with Jean to go out and share the Gospel on campus. It could be staying up late with Sammi talking about what the Lord has been teaching us and it could be sending letters to Marie in Charleston. All of these things have intentionally been done out of love for each other, which creates community among one another.
So, community among the GLINK girls is not necessarily what most people initially think of. Our community does not reflect that of the Golden Girls where we have all of this time together and time generates the bond between us. The Gospel is what generates the bond between us. Like the Golden Girls we do have quarrels and different issues, but the beauty of living in a Gospel centered community is the desire for reconciliation and sanctification. We praise the Lord for the issues that come with sharing life together. If we had no issues then we would have no true community. For it says in the Word:
            Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another
           
            Proverbs 27:17
All in all, the community among the GLINK girls has been challenging, loving and gracious. God has definitely been at work and has bonded us through the Gospel!
P.S. Marie is back!!!!!
Mary Emily’s birthday!! Definitely missing Jean, Jen and Marie!
Wish you guys could have been there!
Posted by Michelle Ellis