When I watched the small crayfish attempt to escape in the almost-full bucket, other crayfish will climb onhimandpull it back down.
The plight of the crayfish reminds me how destructive it is to be selfishly concerned about our own gain instead of the benefit as a whole.
Paul understood the need for uplifting, interdependent relationships when he wrote to the believers in Thessalonica. He
Urged them to 「Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be
patient with all.」(I Thessalonians 5:14)
Paul commending their caring community (v.11) through their even more loving and peaceful relationships (v.13-15). By striving to create a culture of forgiveness, kindness and compassionate relationships with God and others would be strengthened (vv.15,23).
The church can grow and witness for Christ through this kind of loving unity.