We’re a fitly framed body as the body of Christ because what I can’t do, you can. And what you can’t do the next one can. We are fitly framed in that we minister our gifts and talents to one another that we all may be edified. This body’s host is Jesus Christ whom bore the punishment of the world on the cross at Calvary. He has the keys to every door that needs to be opened in our lives, in that he has overcome the world.
As we pray in the spirit edifying and uplifting ourselves, the continuum of praise in the body springs forth opening doors that we may receive ministry for our souls. As our faith grows, those around us see our lives and are better for our patience, longsuffering and perseverance during adversity. We comfort others as we’re seasoned in the fruits of the spirit.
"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering." — Colossians 3:12. This legacy of the gospel character exemplified in the holy Bible should be our heart’s desire as children of God. "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." — Colossians 3:15.
Many years ago, I remember being at the gym in the locker room and a lady came up to me and said, “I can tell you are a Christian because of your disposition.” I responded kindly and was inspired to continue on by her words of encouragement. This is the rhythm of what we all are put here to do, encourage one another in life and in Christ. I can’t go without sharing my encounter with an elderly lady in the parking lot at the gym also. As I was smiling, walking to my car and thinking of certain of things, she asked me, “What are you smiling about?” I said, “Just happy to be here.” She said, “Your smile is infectious, contagious,” with such emphasis that I never forgot it. I’d not heard anyone speak of me quite like she did. It made a big impact on me that day because I knew she meant what she said. I could feel it.
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven." — Matthew 5:14-16.
When we understand no matter what our denomination or ethnic background, as Christians we’re all God’s children. Our behavior will represent a covering of respect and edification that builds up and not tear down. This understanding allows us to see if alt and neglect, contempt and covetousness is against anyone, at first look in the mirror, and if it’s with or without cause; we must understand that the hand doesn’t work well without its counterparts.
When we know that we complete one another is when we stop hurting ourselves. "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." — Matthew 25:40. The dynamic of this scripture says that Jesus stands for the less fortunate, those who hunger and thirst, that are sick and without clothes, in prison and strangers. Therefore we are to lead by the example of Christ with a visage that sees everyone with no respect of persons, understanding as Christians we all are one by the same spirit of God through Christ Jesus.
This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.
Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and the author of two books. Share your thoughts and ideas about the column with Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org.