“Forming One Body” (Romans 12: 5, NEB) by Carley Evans


“All of us, united with Christ, form one body, serving individually as limbs and organs to one another.”

I look at Facebook and see the Body of Christ, the Church — at least, the Facebook I know is the Church. We, all of us, are “united with Christ” and so “form one body”; but we are individuals. Each of us is unique with special gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit. With our gifts, we serve one another.

“The gifts we possess differ as they are allotted to us by God’s grace. and must be exercised accordingly: the gift of inspired utterance, for example, in proportion to a man’s faith.” (Romans 12: 6 – 7)

We use our gifts to the benefit of our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as for the benefit of the world in need. For we are commanded to “call down blessings on [our] persecutors — blessings, not curses.” (Romans 12: 14) We are to serve the Lord and one another “with unflagging energy, in ardour of spirit.” (Romans 12: 11) We are to “care as much about each other as about [ourselves].” (Romans 12: 16)

Each of us is special, but no one should “be conceited or think too highly of [himself].” Instead, each should “think [his] way to a sober estimate based on the measure of faith that God deals to each of [us].” (Romans 12: 3 – 4)

“Love One Another” (1 John 4: 20 – 21, ESV) by Carley Evans


“We love because He first loves us.” (1 John 4: 19) And God’s love is perfect. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4: 18)

What is there to fear? God loves us.

And how can we not love one another? The author of 1 John reminds us that if we are not able to love our brothers and sisters with whom we interact, how can we possibly love God whom we can not see? If we believe in Christ, then we must also love those who also believe in Him. They are our kin; our blood relations. We are parts of the same Body, the church itself.

The reason we have so much pain is that we strive against each other, calling each other names when the only Name we need use toward one another is Jesus Christ’s.

“By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (1 John 3: 16)

“Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3: 18)

“Walk in the same way in which [Jesus] walks.” (1 John 2: 6)

Jesus says, ” ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once more He bends down and writes on the ground. But when [the crowd] hear it, they go away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus is left alone with the woman standing before Him. Jesus stands up and says to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She says, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus says, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.’ ” (John 8: 7 – 11)

The old know first not to condemn another.