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February 14, 2014

February 14, 2014

"Church Family:  Lab for Love"

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”  1 Corinthians 12: 27

It’s kind of fun to be writing about love on Valentine’s Day.  The love we’re talking about is not the love of a man or woman, but rather, the love for each other as the Body of Christ.

One of the things that being a part of a church family does is it moves you out of self-centered isolation.  God intended it to be a classroom for learning how to get along, especially in God’s family.  It is meant to be a lab for practicing unselfish love.

As a participating member, you learn to care about others and share the experiences of them.  Paul even goes so far as to say, “If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it.  Where if one part of our body is honored all the other parts share its honor.”  1 Corinthians 12: 26 NCV

I know I felt that way when Mary Allhusen was honored as an Athena nominee.  I just knew I wanted to be at that dinner with her no matter what the outcome.  Whether she was or was not the recipient, it was an honor to be with her on that evening in that special moment of her life.

It’s only in regular contact with ordinary, imperfect believers that we can learn real fellowship and experience the New Testament truth of being connected and dependent on each other.  There’s something about that relationship that binds us together in a way no other one does.

Biblical fellowship means being as committed to each other as we are to Jesus Christ.  God expects us to give our lives for each other.  A lot of us grew up knowing John 3: 16.

Unfortunately, not many of us have learned 1 John 3: 16:  “Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”  This is the kind of sacrificial love God expects you to show other believers, a willingness to love them in the way that Jesus loves you.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don

P.S.:  The devotion will be on vacation on Monday because of President's Day.  Please enjoy your holiday.