Sunday Considerations: Suffering Together

If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 
(1 Corinthians 12:26, ESV)

We American Christians are not necessarily good at suffering though we are particularly gifted at celebrating the good in our lives. We have certainly not suffered the way the early church did nor as some Christians across the world in countries were Christianity is not welcomed. However, when we do suffer in various ways, we must do so together in as much as we rejoice together.

But in order to suffer together as the church we must be together.

In 1 Cor. 12:26, Paul writes about Christians suffering and rejoicing together. The context is Paul exhorting the church at Corinth that they – the body of Christ – are one Body. Each individual Christian is a member of the Body. Each member makes up a different part of the Body. One part of the Body is no less important than another part. We each play a role in the function of the Body.

In short, all Christians are one as the body of Christ. We are one Body who needs each other and cannot be separated. As Paul writes, it is God who arranged the Body as it is giving us each our part – our eternal place.

Since we Christians are part of one Body, there is a sense in which we cannot not be there for each other. We can, however, be absent from fellowship and corporate worship. We should eventually miss those people who are absent from the Body for a time. Often, when our brothers and sisters in Christ are absent from Sunday worship, for example, it is because they are suffering spiritually in some way. They may not realize it at first if they are not explicitly caught in some form of sin.

In other words, there is a reason why we may not see some of our brothers and sisters this coming Sunday’s worship time. Someone reading this right now may already be convinced they are not going to worship together with their local church. If so, you are probably suffering or struggling spiritually.

Be encouraged! If you are struggling and thinking of avoiding worshiping together with the body of Christ, go anyway. Go, and be with the rest of the Body and let them know your needs. Share your struggles and how you are suffering spiritually so everyone can suffer and struggle with you. However, if you are not currently suffering or struggling, pay attention to others and prayerfully consider how you might help those in the Body who need you.

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