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Loving Loudly

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"If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:1-2

We've all been in a room where loud music was playing while we are trying to have a conversation. Try, as we might, not much useful communication will happen while the noise persists. The Bible says this is how our effectiveness for the kingdom works. All of our gifts, skill and charisma actually hurt our witness if an essential thing is not present: love. Jesus laid the foundation for Paul writing this to Corinthians when He said, "Love the Lordlove your neighbor (Mark 12:30-31)." If we're not careful, our spiritual maturity and biblical knowledge will begin to take center stage as the "important things" in our relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ. May we love loudly so that our lives and our relationships don't become that crowded room where not much useful communication can happen.

Do you love your brothers and sisters in Christ? Who can you text or call right now to encourage?

Everybody (part) Matters

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"For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body." 1 Corinthians 12:14-15

One of the best children's movies ever is Toy Story. There's a scene in Toy Story that brought a familiar past time for kids to life and it has to do with Mr. Potato Head. Every kid who ever owned a Mr. Potato Head has, at one point or another, placed all the parts of Mr. Potato's body in the wrong place. It's funny for a kid's movie or for a preschool class but, in reality, it's impossible. God created our bodies to function in exact waysways that allow the body to work the best. As Paul mentions in the verses above, he references the body as perfect example of how the church works. Everybody matters! In the same way as our bodies would be dysfunctional if all our fingers were eyeballs, our church will be dysfunctional when the body parts aren't functioning in the ways they were designed to function. This is why, at Hope, we say that following Jesus is all about relationships! Only when there is proper communication in our physical bodies as well as in the body of Christ can we function how we are supposed to! Everybody (part) matters!

What role are you currently playing in the body of Christ?

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