1 Corinthians 12:24b, 25-26..24 God has so composed the body,…25 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Paul presented an analogy of the human body [vv.21-26] to strengthen his case for the unity of the church. No division or problem in the physical body or church is possible without pain or trouble. The various parts are to exhibit a mutual concern for each other. All parts are interdependent, many yet one; one yet many. Every Disciple matters in the life of the church at large and to other believers individually.
Do you know what it feels like to hit your thumb with a hammer? Although only your thumb was hurt, your whole body is shot through with pain. I broke my little toe one time and I hurt beyond my toe. My doctor just laughed at me and said tape it to the next toe and it will heal—it did. Most divisions or problems in the church are not fixed this easily.
If one member—of the human body or of the church—suffers, all the members suffer with it. Similarly, if one member is honored, then the others share in the honor. Every Disciple matters in the life of the church at large—and to other believers individually. Because we are all united to Jesus, what happens to one affects the others, whether it involves joy or suffering.
How can I increase my joy for the diversity of gifts in our church while maintaining unity and comforting those who suffer?
Henry Luke 4/22/2018
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