The word Church is synonymous with the Body of Christ which is to play a major role in our growth and development emotionally and relationally with God and others.
Because there is a dimensional mismatch between God and humans, God uses our interaction with other human believers to help us grow.
As the church members enter into authentic body life, our new church family is intended to shape us and help us mature. One such passage is Proverbs 27:17 which says:
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
And Ephesians 4:15-16 says:
“but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
In other words, the body of Christ is to perform an important function that many think God is supposed to be doing.
So often, prayers seem to go unanswered and we remain stuck in broken places… only to discover that we need to bring our brokenness to both God and the body.
Take a look at just a few of the scriptures that speak about this body life commonly referred to as the “one anothers of scripture.”
- Romans 12:5 … as individuals, we are members of one another.
- Romans 12:10 … love one another in brotherly love
- Romans 12: 10 … give preference to one another in honor
- Romans 14:13 … we’re not to judge one another.
- Romans 14:19 … pursue the building up of one another.
- Romans 15:7 … accept one another.
- Romans 15:14 … admonish one another.
- Romans 15:20 … greet one another with a holy kiss.
- Galatians 5:13 … through love, serve one another.
- Galatians 5:15 … don’t bite and devour one another, lest you be consumed by one another.
- I Thessalonians 4:18 … comfort one another with the scriptures
- I Thessalonians 5:11 … build up one another and encourage one another.
- Galatians 5:26 … don’t be boastful, challenging one another… or envying one another. Ephesians 4:2 … show forbearance to one another.
- Ephesians 4:25 … love one another for we are members of one another… be kind to one another.
- Philippians 2:3 … consider one another as more important than yourself.
- Hebrews 3:13 … encourage one another day by day.
- James 5:16 … confess your sins to one another and pray for one another.
- John 13:14 … wash one another’s feet
- Galatians 6:2 … bear one another’s burdens.
- II Corinthians 1:4 … comfort one another.
Does look like your local church? Small group? Marriage? Family?
I hope that as a result of this relational theology series, your understanding of how people grow and interrelate is clearer to you than before.
Kay and I will be praying that these principles will inspire, motivate and change the way you see God, yourself and others.
Thanks for listening,
Milan & Kay