living love:care for each other
[This makes for harmony among the members so that all the members care for each other equally. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.–1 Corinthians 12.25-26 nlt]
It is difficult to care about anything or anyone more than you care about yourself. I mean, everything about ourselves is right there in front of us, it is easy to dwell on how I feel, what I think, what concerns me, etc. more than how things affect others. Isn’t that how we make decisions, “How does this affect me?” We certainly vote politically in that way. This person will raise taxes, which will affect me. This person cares about this issue, which directly affects me. It’s scary how little we actually take into consideration, the greater good.
The truth is, that what happens to me and in me affects everyone around me. And what happens to everyone else has some sort of affect on me. In 1 Corinthians, the writer tells us that God has purposely put us together to be a unified body–he doesn’t say that we should act like one, he says we are one, so deal with it–so we should be motivated to care for each other. To listen and respond in love. We should join together in pain and struggles. We should join together in rejoicing and celebration. As the body, our responsibility is to act out the work of Jesus in our world, and we can’t successfully do it unless we do it together, with unified hearts.
When we care for each other, we build each other up–we encourage each other to not quit, to keep going. We motivate each other to live the Jesus life to everyone around us. God cares deeply about His children. Do we?