Marie’s daily verse: For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear;     I will help you (Isaiah 41:13). 

DAILY DEVOTION, February 15, 2022

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12).

We know that the human body is one even though it has many parts. We have eyes and ears, fingers and toes, internal organs, etc., but we are one body. Those who believe in Jesus are part of the body of Christ. As is true with the parts of the human body, we are all different, but faith makes us one in the church, the body of Christ.

Among other things, this means I must say farewell to my old, independent way of thinking. Instead, I must seek to integrate my ideas to harmonize with others. Churches get into difficulty when one person begins to think his ideas should prevail. Arguments result and the body of Christ is divided. I have seen it happen, and it is an ugly sight. In contrast, I am thankful for the unity that prevails in our church board and congregation. That makes for a strong church regardless of size.

Just as the foot cannot say to the human body, “I am independent. I don’t need the rest of you,” so we cannot say to another Christian, “You are unnecessary in this church.” We all have contributions to make to our church. No one is unimportant. The more united we are around faith in Jesus, the better.

Dear Father, help me to realize the importance of my brothers and sisters in this church. May we always work in harmony, remembering that we are one in Christ. In His name, I pray, Amen.

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