The Body of Christ

A little over a month ago, I was praying that the Lord would show me more clearly what His body is to look like. I wanted my mind and heart to be renewed, to see clearly how the Head, Christ Jesus, intends for His body to function. It has been amazing to see the Sovereign Lord answer those prayers and use a myriad of ways to increase my understanding of His purposes in the church.

One of the sweetest things that the Lord did through the recent trial was to allow Bret and I to be the recipients of the Spirit-filled, gracious care of the church. The body prayed over us with diligence, exhorted us from the Scriptures, and blessed us with physical care. I saw that as we were suffering, the whole body was suffering along with us (1 Cor. 12:26). The Lord used His body to strengthen, comfort, and encourage us in very tangible, real ways.

Also, I have been reminded through our small group, that love for the body is produced by love for Christ. If we love the Head, how can we not love His body? This means that we should delight in the gathering of believers as a community, and honor each individual member of the church. In his book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Donald Whitney writes, “…like Christ, the man or woman who has been given the Spirit of Jesus would love what Jesus loves and died for – His bride, the church. So one of the best tests of whether we belong to Christ is whether we delight in His delight, namely, the people who comprise His church” (82). So if I am not loving the body, where is the love of Jesus in me? This applies to the universal church, groups of Christians, and individual believers!!!

The last main lesson came today as our pastor preached from Ephesians 4:25–“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, since we are membors of one another.” This passage is proclaiming how saved people act. Believers will, by God’s grace, speak the truth to one another, because we are part of each other. If we walk in deceit, how can the body of Christ function? We should rejoice in truthfulness and vulnerability with other believers, because they are members of us!

So, I have been learning that the body of Christ suffers together, delights in each other, and speaks the truth to the other members. Is this the way you relate to (ALL) the believers around you?

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One Response to “The Body of Christ”

  1. Ched Says:

    I have been learning that the body of Christ suffers together, delights in each other, and speaks the truth to the other members.

    This is a good word.

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