Ok, you know it is trouble when I say, “I was reading Bonhoeffer this week.” Well, I was.

The section I was reading was discussing being the body of Christ, and what that REALLY means. It was pretty heavy stuff. Funny how you can read the Word, and just not GET what Christ is saying. No wonder the poor disciples stayed confused.

The Church is the Body of Christ. This I know. No really. The Church is the Body of Christ. He is our head. We are the members. He died in the flesh. To rise in the flesh. His Spirit in our flesh. The Church is a moving breathing being. Why then would we want to hurt it? It is part of us. Literally connected on a level that I will never fully comprehend this side of Heaven. Never.

Could you imagine your own body parts doing their own thing? Hurting each other. Fighting. We would never get anything done. We also would not survive long. Think about when you are sick. How an infection in on part affects the way your whole body feels.

The Church is the same. Divisiveness. Bickering. Gossip. They have no place in the church or the Church. It is not healthy. A healthy Church follows Christ. The Bible says it all.

Also, read a little Bonhoeffer. It is good for you!

Matthew 5:29-30 ESV

If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

John 12:24 ESV

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

1 Corinthians 6:15-17 ESV

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Larry Nesbit
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 08:14:26

    Well written, Lori. And so true. The more we grasp an understaning of the Body of Christ, the more like Him we will become.


  2. Pat Jones
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 14:18:53

    wow! good stuff, Lori! May I use some of your points the next time I lead Praise & Prayer at church?


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