2 Corinthians 13:14: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

“May the Trinity be with you,” Paul wrote in his letter addressed to the people in Corinth, Greece – i.e. “May the grace of the Lord Jesus, the love of the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you” – what an amazing blessing!

Is Paul a dreamer? How can the divine Trinity be in close proximity to ordinary human beings such as you and me? And yet He certainly can. Emmanuel – God with us – has a tremendous effect on us. He completes us.

God is set up as Trinity, which means He works as Trinity, loves as Trinity and blesses us as Trinity. In fact, the Big Three are inseparable! As an exception, the Trinity was separated for a little while when Jesus became human and died on the cross; other than this particular time window, the Trinity is known to be a unit and a force to be reckoned with.

King Solomon wrote about the power of two people agreeing, but added that a consensus of three is even greater. Here are his thoughts on the matter (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12):

“Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

A consensus of three is stronger than a consensus of two, hence the unity of the Trinity is supremely tight.

What can we learn from the Trinity?

Full power and blessings flow in community, not in a party of one.

Technically, when the Trinity is with you, you are not a party of one – God is with you, hence you are not alone. You are in community. And who wants to be alone anyhow? Who could survive alone?

Living in community is a lifestyle invented by the Trinity. We thrive in community, we bless in community, we overcome in community, and we celebrate in community.

Community needs freedom of expression and thrives on trust. Different viewpoints are weighed against one another. Each person’s input is taken seriously, and by way of negotiation we can reach consensus and come up with interesting new pathways.

Life is a direct derivative of community; so is love, and love is what keeps us going, which is yet another trademark of the Trinity.

May the blessing of our Triune God be with us all!

Psalm 94:18-19: “When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Unrealistic expectations can put us under a lot of pressure. Anxious minds are often fed by such unrealistic expectations. It’s the kind of stuff that keeps us up at night and has us restless throughout the day.

The reality is, we can’t be strong all the time. Everybody has a weak moment. And as odd as it may seem – viewing ourselves in a more sobering light, we are more likely to experience peace of mind.

Unfortunately, lack of objectivity may get in the way of a sane self-assessment. As much as we need a mirror to comb our hair, we need other people to see ourselves clearly. I believe this is one of the reasons why God created Adam and Eve. In His wisdom He said (Genesis 2:18):

“It is not good for the man to be alone, so I will create a companion for him, a perfectly suited partner.”

More than once, the book of Psalms paints a picture of distress essentially caused by loneliness. Lonely, we are at our weakest point. Prolonged loneliness almost always leads to self-destructive activities. We slip and fall; we feel broken; we cry out.

God is famous for being Three in One. In other words, God is never lonely. He is the first to know that community is essential. Community in fact came from the Trinity. God created more than one human being so that we have one another. And yet, there are no guarantees that there’ll be always people around to help us along. Human bonding only goes so far!

Apparently, humanity was not created self-sufficient. The human community is designed to stay in touch with the Trinity. Bonding with the Godhead, we finally feel complete. It’s a circle that shouldn’t be broken. Nevertheless, ignoring our Creator will compromise this blessed circle, and failing human relationships make matters even worse. A circle twice broken represents the epitome of human isolation and misery.

The question is, can a badly bruised and broken circle be unbroken? Thankfully, the answer is yes. Jesus came to un-break our brokenness. Thanks to Him, we’re back in touch.

Our finest promoter is God whose unfailing love picks up our broken pieces and makes us whole again.