Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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The human body is a complex creation which comprises a head (which includes the brain, ears, eyes, mouth, and nose), neck, thorax (which includes the lungs and heart), abdomen (which includes the digestive organs), arms and hands, legs and feet. Every part of the body is composed of various types of cells, the fundamental units of life.

Our cells are a part of a complex DNA body system, yet every part works together for us to exist. If one part of our body hurts, the rest of the body hurts as well. If we fall and break an arm or leg, our brain sends pain messages to the injured site. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are much the same.

1 Corinthians 12:12,26 – The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. (NLT)

If one member of our church body hurts, the rest of the body of Christ hurts as well. We all need each other. If brothers or sisters in Christ don't act or think the way we do, that doesn't mean that they are not important or that we do not need them.

1 Corinthians 12:15 – If the foot says, "I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand," that does not make it any less a part of the body. (NLT)

We are very different from each other but needed just the same.

1 Corinthians 12:17,20,27 – If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. All of you together are Christ's body, and each of you is a part of it. (NLT)

We all have different talents and skills, and because we can accomplish more together than we can separately, we need to celebrate our differences and pull together in teamwork in the body of Christ.

Prayer: Lord God, may we learn to accept each other the way that You have created us. Teach us to love each other and not judge others who do not act or think the same way we do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good message Rosemary.

    Thanks for sharing this message with us. Blessings.

    Yes, the antidote for our fear is faith in the God who has redeemed us and called us to be His. How many people do not know that or believe it.

    Hello Rosemary, I’m so glad to see you on here. I always have you and your husband in my daily prayers.

    WOW! That was a very well-thought-out, well-informed, very useful Devotional, Rosemary. I found it particularly useful for me, since I’m health conscious and lead a healthy lifestyle at 80.
    Thank you.

    Hi Rosemary,
    What a good word for us today!! Thanks so much!
    I’ll copy it later and take it up to the jail.
    God bless you, especially in your writing gift that you are so willing to use for Him.

    Well put Rosemary. This is SUCH an important principle, one that requires a lot of concentrated prayer for our own behaviour patterns and attitudes. It’s so dreadfully easy to be blind to our own failures/even rebelliousness that always works against the body as a whole, and at the same time we seem to have no trouble at all seeing other peoples’ failures and/or rebelliousness! May The Lord make haste to help us to draw together as believers and witnesses for Him, especially as we prepare for an influx of thousands who will be very needy indeed. May He enable and anoint us to demonstrate His Grace and mercy to these people who have lost everything, including hope.


    Amen, Rosemary. We really need to support one another. Thanks for a great message.

    This is a good reminder for all of us given the state our world is in. if fewer brains would quit saying I am superior and have no need of you perhaps all wars would cease.
    Thanks for the thoughts.

    Dear Rosy,
    This is good use of the Bible on the matter of us working together to support one another are fellow parts of the “body of Jesus Christ”.
    Thank you. Keep opening up scripture for us.

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