“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”

1 Corinthians 12:27

All parts of the body are important to achieve a functioning person, even the parts that seem unimportant when not in place cause great problems in the functioning of the body.

As members of the Body of Christ we should encourage one another. The Lord has placed us in His body so that we can give and receive encouragement in our time of discouragement and loneliness. We should not have to go through our times of sorrow and pain all alone. We must allow the members of the body of Christ to minister to us when we are going through the valley. We should not isolate ourselves from the other members in the body of Christ in our times of distress. The Lord Jesus wanted his three close disciples to be with Him during his time of agony in the garden of Gethsemane. As members of the body of Christ we must comfort and encourage those who are going through difficult times.

Each member has God-given abilities to support and sympathize with other members.

As members of the Body of Christ we belong to one another. We cannot behave as unattached members and function independently of everyone else. The Lord has united us as members of the same body. Whenever we meet a fellow believer in Christ, we must acknowledge the rela- tionship we share with each other as members of the same body. The Lord does not want any discrimination in His body based on any worldly considerations such as wealth, colour, language, community, status, nationality etc. We should treat all our fellow believers the same as members of the same body of Christ. The Lord has placed us in His body in a specific place with a specific responsibility according to His will. We should fulfill our role cheerfully and not be envious of anybody else.

We need to be actively using our spiritual gifts to the benefit of fellow members of Christ’s body. Only when we experience both the giving and receiving of Christ’s healing love for broken members will we be ready to reach out to a broken world.

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Garment of Praise

Monthly Insights for Spiritual Growth, Encouragement and Personal Victory.

Oluyemisi Onanuga

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