I’m told I am not responsible for anyone but myself. I know this is a popular thought, but is it true? Is it biblical?
The love we are to show one another, and the reconciliation we are to extend, goes beyond just saying “hey” at church, doesn’t it? How responsible are we for each other? If any part of the body is hurting, what are we to do? These are my questions, my struggles, as I try to understand my role in life. . . .
God has placed each of the members in the body just as He decided . . . The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor in turn can the head say to the foot, “I do not need you.” . . . Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member, so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another. If one member suffers, everyone suffers with it. . . . ~1 Corinthians 12:18-25
My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, do you pay attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and to the poor person, “You stand over there,” or “Sit on the floor”? If so, have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil motives?…But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as violators.
For the one who obeys the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a violator of the law. Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom. For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment. ~James 2:1-4, 9-13
“You have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘Do not murder ‘ and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults a brother will be brought before the council, and whoever says ‘Fool’ will be sent to fiery hell.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.” But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 43-48
Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. ~Philippians 2:3 (Thanks, Bad!)
What a high standard!
Do we truly live up to this standard?
We will be judged by a law that gives freedom and yet we hold so much against one another.
Do we forgive, understanding the mercy we’ve been shown?
We really do need each other and have been called to live in unity.
…at times the conviction is too much to handle.
I’m so thankful for Our Gracious God.