Saturday, August 18, 2012

Designed to Love & Work Together

The past few weeks God has given me a wonderful opportunity.  This opportunity is seeing how unloved most adults feel.  That personally breaks my heart.  It is no wonder the suicide rate is so high these days.  It saddens me because we as Christians are designed to love on our fellow brothers and sisters.  The bible even states, "You are your brother's keeper".

If you were at the gym and you saw your brother lifting weights and needed a spotter you wouldn't think twice--you would run to his aid.  But is this what we are doing when it comes to matters of life and death?

What are you doing to show others you love them?  That can be as small as asking how their day went.  So are you doing this??

We all have an inherent desire to be loved and to love others.  We first have to look at where do we get our source to fuel this love.  Do we even know what we are seeking when we call it love?  Do we keep going back to people to try to earn their love in order to fill our own desires?  Are we numbing our feelings with alcohol or drugs in order to feel less empty?

God created us with the sole purpose to love us (His creation) and in turn we would love Him as well as our fellow brothers and sisters.  That is why we are called a family.  The church is always referred to as the body.  When one of our brothers or sisters hurt, we all hurt.  When they are healed we feel that too.

1 Corthinians 12:12...

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body,(U) so it is with Christ.(V) 13 For we were all baptized(W) by[c] one Spirit(X) so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free(Y)—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.(Z) 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.(AA)
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed(AB) the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.(AC) 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.(AD)
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 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.
27 Now you are the body of Christ,(AE) and each one of you is a part of it.(AF) 28 And God has placed in the church(AG) first of all apostles,(AH) second prophets,(AI) third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing,(AJ) of helping, of guidance,(AK) and of different kinds of tongues.(AL) 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]?(AM) Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire(AN) the greater gifts.

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