so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12:25-26 NIV
I asked a young couple who was celebrating their one year anniversary what was special about this past year. She replied, “this past year…not having to be in COVID quarantine alone. You got to spend it with a real in the flesh person.” Her comments reflected God’s evaluation of Adam, “It is not good for man to be alone”. God’s remedy was to create Eve. At the core, we were made for relationships.
Yesterday, I shared that I am filled with hope concerning the New Year. God’s words says that we can be filled with hope, and being connected to Jesus also creates hope. I also offer to you that hope is supplied through the connectedness in the body of Christ where every joint is fulfilling its part to cause the growth for one another.
“Equal concern” – merimnaó. Throughout most of its use in the Bible this greek word carries the negative idea to be overly anxious or distracted, but in this context it has a positive meaning. Rather than its use of being distracted, it means effectively distributing concern, in proper relation to the whole picture (HELPS Word studies). The concern is distributed over all of the parts in a mutual way.
“Suffers with it” – sumpaschó. This means to experience pain jointly. Whereas the first use of suffering is a different greek word meaning that painful events have fallen upon a person, this word implies that the pain is felt amongst all of the parts. Much like when you stub your toe, then your whole body gets involved with the pain.
“Rejoices with it” – synchairei. This word means sharing God’s grace with another person, so that both rejoice together (mutually participate in God’s favor, grace)HELPS Word Studies. The word is a compound of syn meaning sympathize and Chairo meaning God’s grace and favor. To express joy with one another is to extend the character of God’s favor to that person.
We have the privilege and the responsibility to engage in both suffering and rejoicing. The Holy Spirit will lead each person to perform your gift to the body of Christ. You don’t have to do everything, just do your calling well. The rest of the body benefits from your presence of “doing your part”.
For 2021- love others, be available to others, forgive one another, serve one another, encourage one another, cry with one another, laugh with one another, give your time to one another, give your money to one another, pray for one another, share with one another, rejoice with one another, eat with one another, worship with one another, play with one another, and suffer with one another.
This “togetherness thing” is not just an idea, it’s as important as breathing. Nurture your relationships. It is a gift that returns an abundance for the investment. Why don’t you give someone a call today, and start your “togetherness thing” a little early for the New Year.
Blessings Love y’all