Do you know what’s common between the words community and commitment – it’s obvious isn’t it: “com.” It’s a Latin prefix for the word: with — what’s with these words? At the front of them, they are together. The unity we share in the community is togetherness. The togetherness we have for one another is our commitment—a state of being together. The Hebrew word, as you have heard, is hesed, some pronounce it with a hock in the back of their throat. Chesed. It’s most commonly translated as loving-kindness, a commitment of kindness, an intentional action expressing love. It is the love of decision. Another translation is covenant faithfulness. When I was married, it was a commitment. Now I live in a commitment to that covenant and my spouse, my partner, in the covenant.
What does it take to have a great life? Relationships. What does it take to have great relationships? Commitment. Commitment will get you through difficulties with communication. Commitment will get you through money problems and misunderstandings. Commonality, common understanding, common denominators, and equality in community — true community results from our commitment to that community.