by: Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.
In Ephesians 4: 32 states, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (ESV).” Meaning, be quick to forgive. CHRIST’s forgiveness should always be the basis of our forgiveness to others. The way and manner we relate with one another as members of the body of CHRIST should reflect the character and nature of our SAVIOUR and MASTER, JESUS CHRIST. This is expected from all believers for we are now partakers of His Divine Nature. Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through “Desire and Appetite.”
Our relationships must be based on Love as JESUS “Commanded” us to Love one another. This is the new Commandment He Has Given unto us (John 13:34-35). All other actions in our relationship with others tied up in love which is the bond of “Perfectness.” When we have genuine love for each other it can prove to the world that we are CHRIST disciples. We must bear one another’s burden to fulfill the law of CHRIST. Let us do good to all men, especially to those in the household of faith.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35, ESV).”
Another Major way of relating with one another is to uphold ourselves in prayers and encourage one another in the LORD, and urge one another to love and to good works. We must see to it that we assist the “Spiritually” weak, by “Strengthening” them in the LORD. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest of others (Philippians 2:4). Meaning, don’t look to only one’s own thing, but also in the affairs of others. In Matthew 20:25-27, JESUS stressed about Worldly greatness which is opposite of “Spiritual Greatness.” The believer is not to pursue or crave worldly greatness. Jesus emphasized more about this in verse 27, stating, “and whoever would be first among you must be your slave (ESV).” It means, one is giving himself entirely to another’s desire. We see from the Scriptures that leaders should be Servants, not Masters. They should be conscious of this fact in their relationships with members of their Various groups and units. They must also realize that their leadership role is merely a service they are providing unto the LORD. It is not supposed to be an “Entrance” for abusing (take advantage) to the Flock they are to oversee.
The leaders must never show partiality in their interaction with those they are leading. They must treat all with fairness and non-partisanship, not preferring one to the other. JESUS treated all his disciples and the people around him equally during His earthly ministry. HE associated freely with the High, Low, the great, the Small, the Rich, and the poor alike. We must realize that before CHRIST, we are the same for we are all “Redeemed” by HIS Precious Blood.
As members of the body of CHRIST, there is a need for us to relate warmly with one another. The basis of our relationship must be LOVE. There must be Unity in the body of Christ as we fellowship with GOD and with one another. We are properly joined together for we are one in CHRIST. Therefore, let us consider one another to instigate unto love and to good deeds. It is only through this means that we attract unbelievers to come and accept JESUS as LORD and Personal Savior. In Christ, genuine love exist, there is mutual respect for each other, we are bound in Peace, Harmony, and Progress in the Group. The HOLY SPIRIT will surely move among the believers. Surely, there will be manifestation of gifts of the SPIRIT in a church as well. Moreover, GOD will “Command” HIS Blessings over His Faithful Children. To GOD Be The Glory!