“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”

1 Corinthians 12:26

We all need each other. The New Testament is filled with commands relating to our relation- ships with one another. Jesus said, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

We require each other’s fellowship. Fellowship is far more than a church supper or a leisurely chat over a cup of coffee. It is sharing our lives with each other and taking care of one another. Our bodies are far more than a collection of different kinds of organs. They function together as a whole. Every part belongs to the others. They need each other and that’s the way the church is to be.

We respect one another’s contributions. Just as the human body functions best when all the parts are working well, your local congregation will be healthiest when everyone appreciates the unique part each person can play.

We respond to each other’s sorrow and joy. We should care about each other just as much as we care about ourselves. In the church, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

As God’s children we no longer consider the categories and classes of society in our interaction with each other. We ignore ethnic backgrounds, kinds of employment, and gender because we “are all one in Christ Jesus”

The apostle Paul said that all believers in Christ are part of “one body” (1 Cor. 12:13). “And if one part suffers, “all the members suffer with it.”

Are you grieved when a brother in Christ is in trouble? Does it bother you when a believer stumbles into sin and is brought under the chastening hand of the Lord? Do you experience sorrow of heart when a child of God is passing through the deep waters of affliction and trial? If not, ask the Lord right now to help you become the kind of person who can share the heartache of others and sympathize with them.

Our future hope unites us. We are “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.

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