Would you cut off your arm?

There’s a scene in one of my favorite movies when the great climax is in full motion. One character is struggling with a personal battle as well as a physical battle. His best friend and companion declares, that he may not be able to carry his particular burden, but he can carry him to where he needs to go. It’s a great scene, and it’s a good reminder to all of us what true dedication and friendship is.

Christ commands us to carry one another when he said, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” That word “forbear” literally means to hold erect. We are to hold each other up, and forgive each other’s faults.

The next verses continue to speak of living with love and peace, but then it mentions something very interesting. It says, “ye are called in one body . . .”

You know, I’ve noticed that when a team, group, club, or any “body” of members has a fault- or a weak link- it causes one of two things. Either the individuals turn on the weak one in anger and hate- or they reach out with compassion and help him. They either have the mentality of individuals, or the mentality of “what happens to you- happens to me.”

If something happens to your right arm, say it’s injured. Suddenly, you can’t work as hard. You get slower. You have pain. You aren’t efficient. Would you chop that arm off? No, obviously not! You would bandage it. Give it rest. Make adjustments so it can heal. It’s the same with the body of Christ.

To many people see a weakness in someone and want to amputate them from the body. Instead, that member needs more attention, love, compassion, and forgiveness. When it comes to the church, we need to have the mentality of, “What happens to you- happens to me.” We need to be understanding of one another’s faults and willing to uplift a brother who has fallen.

I challenge you, don’t look at yourself as an individual in the body, look at yourself as part of the body of Christ. Don’t look at your own needs and desires, see the larger picture and take notice of what others need, and the healing they might be in need for.

As the Scripture says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:4

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