But God has so composed the body, giving greater honour to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together.
1 Corinthians 12:24-26
When we think of ‘division’ we think of disagreement or infighting, but in essence it’s about distance.
The Spirit baptises us into one body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13), and creates unity (Acts 4:31-32), so when we refuse to know one another or when there’s no warmth or compassion between the members of a church, we’re standing in God’s way.
The good news is that God says He is adjusting the body. It’s hard to imagine – change can feel like an earthquake at times, but one of God’s qualities is gentleness (Galatians 5:22-23), so He adjusts with gentleness.
But when things feel tough God can use the situation to help us feel what others are going through, if we let Him, helping us to be compassionate. This is all part of His ‘adjusting’ work, helping us to suffer together so we can then rejoice together.
God had a vision for His bride all along, and that included all of us. Let’s lift our eyes from the struggles of the day-to-day to appreciate His sovereignty. Let’s make a habit of being gentle and let’s love one another as fellow heirs with Christ.