'For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord….'

One body, many members…(Part Three)

Part Three   ‘And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it’  (vs. 26)   (Click here if you missed Part Two)

A few years ago, I had an invasive knee operation in an attempt to repair a sports injury.  Following the operation, it swelled up and got very sore.  The rest of my body was so concerned that it sat up all night for many nights, just to keep it company!

Notice my body didn’t just say, ‘Oh, go to sleep!  Go off and hurt over in the corner and let me go to sleep.’   No, it suffered with it all night long.  That is what we as the body of Christ, the church, should do also.

The same principle is also at work with regard to honour.  If some member of the body performs an outstanding activity that opens the door for say the salvation of many people, or even a few people, and ministers the grace and the love of Christ, then everybody touched by that will be blessed by it!  It will cause them to regard the body in greater honour than before.

So the responsibility for the reputation of the body rests with every one of us, and how we act is going to determine how other people see the church at work in our culture today.  We belong together, and we suffer together.


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Well said…

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