When I broke my foot three years ago, it was hard. I had just given birth to my second son a month before. Daily tasks were challenging and being a mom of two for the first time with only one working foot was not fun. The other parts of my body had to compensate while I healed past the predicted 8 weeks! I needed my arms and hands to use crutches, adjust my boot, place ice or prop my foot on a pillow. My other foot started to feel tired by the end of the day because of the extra pressure it was absorbing. But I knew if I wanted my foot to heal, I needed to use the other parts of my body to help. I no longer had a foot that could function properly and needed assistance during the healing process.
When an arm or leg is bruised or broken, do you continue beating on it? Of course not! That won’t help at all. You nurse it, put medicine or ice or heat on it. You don’t lash out in frustration and cause more damage. You elevate it to relieve pressure. And God wants us to do the same with each other.
As members of the body of Christ, we each have a responsibility to help one another heal. He provides the healing but we can be the one He uses to bring comfort during the process. It’s hypocritical to strive to be “Christ-like” while harming members of His body on purpose or even through blind ignorance. When a brother or sister is hurting, we should elevate their spirit. Lift up their chins to the Lord’s direction. Pray for them instead of gossip about them. Ask how they’re doing instead of rolling our eyes.
When one arm gets hurt, the other arm immediately reaches out to console it. It’s a reflex. It’s not because the other arm has the ability to heal the wound but it has potential to make the situation less painful while the healing takes place. Christ died on Calvary to bring healing to the broken and salvation to the dying. We can be healed by His wounds and forgiven from sin by His blood. God not only relieved the pressure of death. He destroyed it’s grip! (1 Corinthians 15:52-57)
And every time we look the other way when members of His body are hurting, we are saying Calvary didn’t matter. We’re saying change or healing isn’t possible for that person. We write them off. That’s not the heart He wants us to have. Self-righteous, self-empowering spirits are destroying the church from the inside, out. We’re so worried about outside influences but how is our heart influencing others?
If one member is sick, it won’t take long until the other parts of the body will be affected. But we have a Healer that overcame the grave and we have the opportunity through every interaction and every conversations to relieve our fellow brothers and sisters. (2 Corinthians 13:7-10) We need to stop adding to the pain that people are already going through. It’s not edification if we’re abusing the members of His body. (1 Corinthians 12:14-23)
Yes, there will be people we must cut off. We must separate ourselves from the members who spread sickness to the rest of the body on purpose. But our prayer must be: “Lord, I repent of anything within me that will lead to becoming a cut off member. Show me what to do so I can be helpful during the healing process. Let them see You in me…someone willing to go the distance for a friend…for family.”
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11