Body Life Illustrated

“The truth that we belong to one another should work itself out in our lives in a number of mutually helpful ways. Paul says that all the parts of the body “should have equal concern for each other” (1 Corinthians 12: 25). What is our response, for example, when we hear of a fellow believer who has fallen before some temptation? Is it a response of criticism and condemnation, of gossip and a holier-than-thou shaking of our heads? If so, we are not practicing biblical koinonia. Instead of criticism and condemnation, there should be concern and prayer for our fellow member of the body and, if it is appropriate, attempts on our part to gently restore the erring brother or sister. Let me illustrate the utter ridiculousness of some of our attitudes and actions toward other believers with a somewhat silly idea. Can you imagine the ear making the following comment to the eye? “Say, did you hear about the serious trouble the foot is having? My, my, isn’t it too bad? That foot surely ought to get his act together.” No, no, our bodies don’t behave that way at all! Instead the entire body cries out, “My foot hurts! I feel awful!” ” -Jerry Bridges, True Community

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