Rejoicing and Suffering in the Body


Sometimes we don’t want to suffer with others.  Sometimes we want to be insulated from their stresses and struggles.  If you are a member of the Body of Christ, however, you wade in, rejoicing with others in joy and walking alongside in struggle – that’s the Body!

24 But God has put the body together… 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
1Corinthians 12:24-26

2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

How good are you at bearing one another’s burdens? How about joys? Our passage speaks of rejoicing and suffering with each other as the Body of Christ.

Confession time: sometimes I don’t want to suffer with others.  Sometimes I want my life to be more simple than that. Sometimes I want to be insulated from the issues of others. The Body isn’t like that. The Body is there for others.

The Body fills the gap and picks up the slack for others. So even if you don’t want to wade into the lives of others, if you are a member of the Body you wade in It’s reciprocal.  It’s part of our unity.

Likewise we are to rejoice together. This means that there is no place for envy over someone else’s blessing. Rejoice with them. Put them before yourself. Serve them by rejoicing with them.

Help others to give praise to God so that no human takes credit or praise for God’s hand in motion.

No division. All unity.  Equal concern for each other. Not self-sufficient. Interdependent. That’s the love of God in his church.

So where are you at in your life in the Body? Will you wade in and rejoice with me? Can I wade in and suffer with you?

Be the Body…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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