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Suffering Together

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Suffering Together[Sept.16,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.1 Corinthians 12:26

Also Read 1 Corinthians 12:14–26(NIV)

In 2013, seventy-year-old James McConnell, a British Royal Marine veteran, died. McConnell had no family, and staff from his nursing home feared no one would attend his funeral. A man tapped to officiate McConnell’s memorial service posted a Facebook message: “In this day and age it is tragic enough that anyone has to leave this world with no one to mourn their passing, but this man was family. . . . If you can make it to the graveside . . . to pay your respects to a former brother in arms, then please try to be there.” Two hundred Royal Marines packed the pews!

These British compatriots exhibited a biblical truth: we’re tied to one another. “The body is not made up of one part, but of many,” Paul says (1 Corinthians 12:14). We’re not isolated. Just the opposite: we’re bound in Jesus. Scripture reveals organic interconnection: “If one member suffers, all the members suffer” (v. 26 nasb). As believers in Jesus, members of God’s new family, we move toward one another into the pain, into the sorrow, into those murky places where we would fear to go alone. But thankfully we do not go alone.

Perhaps the worst part of suffering is when we feel we’re drowning in the dark all by ourselves. God, however, creates a new community that suffers together. A new community where no one should be left in the dark.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • When have you felt most alone?
  • How does God’s grace, kindness, and friendship help you deal with loneliness?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Is it true, God? Have You really placed me in a new community that knows and loves me in my suffering? Help me to believe this. 

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Made for Each Other

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Made for Each Other [June 14,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. Genesis 2:18

Also Read Genesis 2:18–24(NIV)

“I take care of him. When he’s happy, I’m happy,” says Stella. Merle replies, “I’m happy when she’s around.” Merle and Stella have been married for 79 years. When Merle was recently admitted to a nursing home, he was miserable—so Stella gladly brought him home. He’s 101, and she’s 95. Though she needs a walker to get around, she lovingly does what she can for her husband, such as preparing the food he likes. But she couldn’t do it on her own. Grandchildren and neighbors help with the things Stella can’t manage.

Stella and Merle’s life together is an example of Genesis 2, where God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (v. 18). None of the creatures God brought before Adam fit that description. Only in Eve, made from the rib of Adam, did Adam find a suitable helper and companion (vv. 19–24). 

Eve was the perfect companion for Adam, and through them God instituted marriage. This wasn’t only for the mutual aid of individuals but also to begin a family and to care for creation, which includes other people (1:28). From that first family came a community so that, whether married or single, old or young, none of us would be alone. As a community, God has given us the privilege of sharing “each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How is it helpful to know that no matter our marital status, as believers in Jesus we’re never alone?
  • How have you seen the body of Christ in action?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Dear God, thank You for creating man and woman for each other and for instituting community so that none of us are truly alone.

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-Witness Ministries-

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Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta