Friday, February 24, 2017

Individual Parts / One Body

1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27 “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

Our Wednesday night small group Bible Study has entered into the third week of our improving Christian Relationships lesson series at church. We are using the “Loving Lasting Relationships” series by Gary Smalley & John Trent. After the first lesson, where our distinct God-given personalities were explained, that every individual contributes to a balanced society and culture on paths of righteousness. That no one can say that their part in God’s grand scheme of life and more or less important than the others. Each has a critical role in the accomplishment of God’s purposes in our relationships and harmony as the Lord intended.
When we realize designed need for each personality and gift within the body of Christ (the body of Believers), we understand why people act and react the way that they do, and we can respect and admire others for who they are and what they do, when aligned with the Word, Will and Way of the Lord. Instead of thinking that everyone should think and act as we do, we learn to value the individual and gain the contentment of true joy despite our circumstances, needs or company. God has designed each of us as uniquely as our fingerprints. Realize that God’s fingerprints are all over His creation and we are all one in Christ. You and I are a child of God.

Philippians 4:11-12 “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

In Christ, Brian

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