More often than not, when I look at myself in the mirror I focus on the imperfections. Like right now I see my sunburned, beet-red face. It’s so easy to see all the things that are wrong with my body, instead of praising God than a have an essentially healthy, functioning body.
Most of the time it’s like that when we look at our church body. It’s so easy to pick out the things that are going wrong. It’s not a problem for us to find those members that are causing us problems. “If that guy were an actual body part, he’d rhyme with ‘cut hole’ or maybe ‘shut whole.’ Take your pick.” We know the trouble makers in the church as well as we know the trouble makers in our own bodies.
Sometimes it’s really hard to love our body – both physical and spiritually. But that’s the thing that Jesus told us would let everyone know that we are His. As He is giving the disciples His final instructions, Jesus drops this on the jealous, back-biting group which contained the man who would betray Him:
A new command I give you: 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.
The world will know that we belong to Christ if we love another. You want to know how serious God takes this? Look at the places in Scripture where it speaks of the body of Christ.
Romans 12 describes how believers should use their spiritual gifts within the body and then immediately goes to “love must be sincere.” Colossians 3 talks about how we are all in Christ and how we should bear one another’s burdens before telling the Christians “over all these virtues put on love.”
1 Corinthians 12 is probably the most in depth description of the body of Christ and how we all fit together as one. It goes through spiritual gifts and how each part of the church is interdependent on the others. The next chapter is the most well known Scripture about love. 1 Corinthians 13 is known as “the love chapter.”
Most of the times we think of those verses in our marriages or in our everyday personal relationships. While those can be applied there, they are first and foremost dealing with our relationship as a member of the body of Christ.
Remember that our relationship with other everyone should be characterized by love, but especially our relationship with other Christians and those in our church family. Do something today just to let another part of the body know that you love them and appreciate what they do.