Have you ever noticed that when you are invested in people, your relationships are stronger? Think about it. Of those close individuals outside your family members, who do you call when you have good news? Who do you ask for help when you need extra hands? Within this circle, you depend on one another in bad times and enjoy fellowship in the good. You seek to share with each other: time, efforts, events, gifts, laughter, tears. This is connection and community. Caring community. Neighbors loving each other. How does this happen?

You can help build this bond by looking for ways to meet people and by getting involved in neighborhood, workplace, and community functions. Be friendly and encouraging. Look for opportunities to serve. Reach out to those you are praying for and seek to engage. Are you aware of any specific needs? Take the opportunity to pray with them or send a note. Let His light shine through you. Live so others see Him. Show people that loving others isn’t an act you are putting on for the world to see. It is a loving choice you make daily to be others-centered. Remember to ask for their help - another great way to connect.

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself” Matthew 22:37-39 NIV.

As you look for moments to care for people in tangible means, you will build ties that make it natural and easy to invite them to your Bible study group. These bonds open and connect hearts. They will establish a comfortable environment where people grow to love meeting and studying God’s Word among friends. The adage is true, “We are better together.”