I think God knew that community would be hard for us. That’s why he called us toward humility, gentleness, and patience with one another as we figure it out together. As you ask yourself (and you will), “What’s the point of loving each other? What’s the point of taking the risk of being vulnerable? What’s the point of using my gifts to build unity?” There’s one answer. Christ. If the God who loved me enough to die for me says that the way to grow closer to Him is through community, I’m going to pursue it. Even when it’s hard. Even when I don’t understand. Why? Because in so doing I gain more of Christ.