Love Thy Roommate As Thyself
The Bible talks about living with others well, also. In teaching the disciples what following Jesus looks like, Jesus tells them to love their neighbors as much as they love themselves (Matt. 22:36-40). Also, we can't forget the Bible's mention of "one anothering" (John 13:34-35; 1 Thess. 5:11). And while we often use these references in the context of the general Christian community, where else can we get any closer to someone than when you are crammed with five girls into a four bedroom house?
Living with another believer, whether as a roommate or a spouse, presents a tremendous opportunity for applying God's word in our own lives and the lives of another. Even with non-Christian roommates, we are surely given opportunity to demonstrate the spirit of Christ as we both live life together. It is in the daily grind of living life that we see these truths lived out. Roommates teach us what it means to die to ourselves and our own desires. Roommates give us a glimpse at what God is doing in the life of another. Roommates afford us the chance to learn from another person's experience. Roommates can show us that we don't have to live this life alone. And that is a very helpful thing for singles in every stage of singleness.
Roommates are a great training ground for a future marriage. At my rehearsal dinner, both my husband and I were "warned" by former roommates about what to expect from the other. And while it was mostly intended to be humorous, we were thankful that God had afforded us the opportunity to live with such friends. But they were more than friends in that moment. They were family.
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