Are you part of the Body of Christ? Do you believe that others in “the Body” are your family? They most certainly are. Are we not “brothers and sisters in the Lord”?
We all need each other. Scripture says that the hand can’t say to the foot, “I don’t need you”, etc. God says we need each other. So why is there so much division in the Body?
Satan. That’s why. He has an agenda, and it’s to kill, steal, and destroy the Body of Christ, wherever and whenever he can. And he is good at it. You don’t believe me? Just look around. Count the numerous denominations in Christianity. Division.
And what is the greatest divider these days? OFFENSE. Plain and simple. We offend each other in big and small ways every day. Of course none of us is perfect, so we make mistakes; we say or do something that someone else doesn’t like, or is hurt by, or is offended by. This is going to happen because we are not perfect and we do not live in a perfect world. BUT… what does GOD say about offense? Does he tell us to separate ourselves from our brothers and sisters in the Lord?
Luke 17 – If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Matthew 1:15 – Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
From what I read, we are to go to anyone that has offended us in any way in order to make it right. Give this person the chance to KNOW that they have offended you and to make it right. Separating ourselves from this person without at least trying to clear the air, is not a choice. That is, if you are obeying God.
Think of it this way…
If your family, (mother, father, brothers and sisters), had a falling out, someone in your family said or did something that was offensive or upsetting to you, would you stop being part of your own family? Would you cut off your parents? Would your sister no longer be your sister? Is that how we treat our families? I don’t think so.
We love our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. We tell them, “hey, you hurt my feelings”, and then we forgive them. Over and over throughout our lives we continue to forgive our families for not being perfect. And we remain “a family”. We still visit them, have dinner with them, go to outings with them, etc.
How much more so the Body of Christ?
Why is it we cut off our Christian brothers and sisters so easily, without doing all we can to work things out? What kind of family is that? How can we just walk away and not be a part of them any longer? Especially if we have not gone to them honestly, openly, sincerely, to share with them what we are feeling, and doing all we can to make it right? Is that what God wants? For us to cut off the very ones He loves and brought us together with? We will never agree 100% with anyone, but that doesn’t mean we should cut ourselves off from those we disagree with; at least not on things not essential for Christian unity as defined by the Biblical way of salvation.
Separating ourselves is wrong. Isolation is wrong.
We are believing the lies of Satan if we think we can do this life (this Christian life) on our own. A wolf will easily take down a stray deer, but not so easily one that is with the “herd”. There really is strength in numbers. And remember that the devil is prowling like a lion, seeking those he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Today my heart is hurt as those we love have cut us off and turned aside from us. No longer a part of our family. No longer to fellowship and worship with us. Without so much as a face to face discussion to try to work things out for the good of the Body of Christ.
If my own brother no longer answered my phone calls or opened the door when I came to visit; if he no longer came to dinner at my house and didn’t invite me to his; if he ignored my plea to meet with him to find out what has happened to our relationship and to try to fix things; That would hurt deeply, not only me but the very heart of God.
We are to be brothers and sisters in the Lord for all eternity. Family. The Family of God. Our Father wants His children to love one another, forgive one another, be open and honest to one another, and to be a part of one another.
Who are we pleasing? Who are we obeying? It’s a battle of wills… YOUR WILL or God’s will.
I pray in the name of Jesus, that all will be worked out to God’s glory! Amen.