We Shall Love One Another21st March 2018
Ephesians chapter 4 talks deeply about the unity in the body of Christ. In serving, we heard a lot about the body of Christ, but do we really understand the meaning of it? Just a few books before Ephesians, the apostle Paul also writes about the body of Christ. This is what he says:
“There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.” - 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
It means, that it doesn’t matter who are are, where we were born, because we all come together, as one body because of one true God. We each are parts of the body where we cannot function to the maximum potential without one another.
We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Some of us are good at caring, some of us are better at managing. However, it doesn’t matter what your strengths and weaknesses are,
“God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any. In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.” - 1 Corinthians 12:24-26
Paul again, puts emphasis on how we should grow together as one body.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;” - Ephesians 4:2-4
There will be times of challenges and times of conflict. However, Paul has made clear that only through love and strong fellowship, we are able to break the conflicts and together we grow stronger. Because love never fails.
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” - Ephesians 4:16
We may have different ways to communicate with each other, but sometimes communication might not be as efficient as you thought it would be. In the bible, it says:
“The tongue has the power of life and death.” - Proverbs 18:21
Guess what? Paul also talks about communication as well!
“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body….Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” - Ephesians 4:25, 29
Sometimes it’s very easy to let our emotions get in our ways when communicating, especially negative emotions. This leads not only to destruction of relationships, but also misunderstanding and unnecessary conflicts. I find to very useful and true to the word Paul just about to say later on:
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” - Ephesians 4:31-32.
I encourage everyone to think about this question every time you communicate whether to your family, friends or teammates. Is the word I’m going to say necessary? Does it benefit or encourage those who listen?
5.Being a part of body of Christ, we also need to make some commitments. We need to soften our hearts always and ready to receive God’s word, expecting that God will change our lives and finally put it into action!
“when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” - Ephesians 4:21-24.
God is love, we as followers, children, and as the body of Christ, are to love one another always.
Love makes us strong in all sorts of situation.