So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. ~Romans 12:5
Tonight at church they taught on how we’re all one body and how sad it is when the body of Christ gets an autoimmune disease. Just as in those unfortunate individuals who have diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, it is horrible to think of the Body of Christ attacking itself… but it happens.
I myself have been the victim of such attacks more than once now. Part of me is convinced that it was due in part to whispering behind my back that was partly responsible for my past relationship falling. Twice, my family has had pastors who sought to slander our family’s name when they could. I have even had people apologize to me for things they were ordered to do behind my back at our pastor’s insistence.
I personally testify to just how much more painful it is when a child of God hurts you since we tend to put our guard down more with those in church. They should have the same spirit of Christ in them as we do, so why should we have to protect ourselves? Just as silly as it seems for us to do things like shooting our own foot, it would seem silly to those who truly love Christ to think of hurting another member of the church… but it happens.
We are all important. We all matter.
One of my pet peeves is how some people will mock others that do not live by the standards that God has placed in their lives. Whether it be a certain way of dressing, make-up or no make-up, piercing/no piercings, etc, I get so upset when people start judging each other. As I once heard it said, “we are all guests at God’s table. Who are we to judge who is worthy or unworthy to sit there?” If God has called you to a more strict level of living, don’t judge others if God has not done that to them at this time. Just the same, for those who God has not called to a more strict life, who are they to judge those that Jesus has?
My heart breaks at the thought of those who attack the Body. We are all Your children and we love You- help us focus on You and reaching those who don’t know you and stay away from strife, envy, slandering, gossip, and a judgmental attitude. Jesus, lead and guide us towards a path of living for You and You alone. Let us not look at others and judge ourselves by how they are walking (either farther along the path or less) and instead judge ourselves by the mirror of Your Word.
I love You Jesus with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength.