September 2, 2013 by lellielieb
“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored,all rejoice together.” I Corinthians 12:26
This verse was part of the reading for this morning. Honestly, this passage is so familiar–the one about the church being like a body and every member being important–that I almost missed it.
I’ve done a lot of suffering in the last few years and I can honestly say that I have seen the first part of this verse in action. My brothers and sisters have suffered with me, and it made the hard times easier. I am grateful.
However, as a high school teacher, mother, grandmother, and, well, just as a human being, I KNOW we don’t have the second part of the verse down. We seem to find it easier to “weep with those who weep” than to “rejoice with those who rejoice.” When I say “we” I am including myself prominently in the pronoun. This summer as I was reading Dante’s Purgatorio, it was the terrace of envy that convicted me the most–who knew?
I can’t do much for the hearts of others when that cold, clutching, nasty feeling of envy comes to call. Part of its power is the fact that it isn’t very visible. Let’s be honest, I can’t even do anything for my own heart, BUT I can be willing for God to change me. I can ask Him to remind me, to prod me, to make my heart warm like His. It makes sense, really. If we are truly ONE BODY, why shouldn’t we all rejoice when other members are honored? Lord, help me!