From the Pastor
Pastor Mike Burns
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"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:15-18 NIV
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
When the human body is injured, blood carries different cells to the wound—white blood cells to fight off infection, platelet cells to stem the flow of blood, and others. Or if you are suddenly in danger, adrenaline courses through your body to increase your metabolism and prepare your muscles to exert themselves. Or in moments of pleasure, the hormone oxytocin and the neurotransmitter dopamine are released. In other words, the entire human body springs into action in various situations and circumstances.
The apostle Paul knew nothing of human chemistry and physiology, but he certainly knew enough about the body to use it as a metaphor for the Church, the Body of Christ. Not to stretch the metaphor too far, but as blood circulates in the body to bring human life (Leviticus 17:11), so the Spirit of God “circulates” in the Church to provide what believers need through one another. When one member of the Body weeps, the whole Body weeps; when one member rejoices, all the members rejoice.
Don’t live an “out of Body life.” You need the Body of Christ, and the Body of Christ needs you for all of life’s circumstances.
Published on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 2:11 PM CDT