God designed us as the Body of Christ to be members of one another. As followers of Jesus Christ we are connected to each other in a special way. We have a unique bond with fellow believers all over this world because of Him.
That connection should dictate how we communicate with one another. The many "one another" commands of Scripture can serve to guide us in our communication. -- "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body." (Eph. 4:25)
That connection should affect how we serve each other. We're all in this Christian life together regardless of what position we might hold. For an example, check out the post about the Bible Teacher's Role as a Friend. -- "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." (Gal. 5:13)
That connection should affect how we handle disagreements or conflict with one another. Reconciliation should always be our goal but too often we let "self" get in the way. If we remember that life in Christ isn't just about "me" then we can focus more on "us" living in harmony. -- "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." (Col. 3:15)
When we live in accordance with God's design for the Church, aware of the connection we have in and through Him as members of one another, the Church takes on a different dynamic. We aren't just another organization trying to do good in this world. We are a living organism "joined and held together by every supporting ligament" finding our connection "from Him" who is the Head of the Church (Eph. 4:16).
Because of our bonds in Him,
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