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I trust that
you're waiting patiently to move on to the next step each day.
Your patience in following one step each day, will pay off and you'll
find it much easier to
remember what you've learned.
I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and
heard my cry.
It's always nice
to know that you're making progress and it encourages you to continue
working hard toward a goal.
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Letís talk about
UNITY and ACCORD within the Body of Christ, shall we?
What does the
word UNITY, mean?
defines "unity" as:
An undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with
Undivided, unbroken and nothing wanting Ö
It is written that this UNITY is one pleasant realm for
those who join within:
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren
to dwell together in unity!
The Bible also
suggests that Christians should be unified by being in
These all continued with one accord in prayer and
What does the
word ACCORD mean?
The dictionary defines "accord" as:
Agreement or harmony of people's opinions or actions.
The Bible describes it as being of ONE MIND:
Finally, be ye all of ONE MIND, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not
rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but
contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called,
that ye should inherit a blessing.
It is also
written that we are to be ONE BODY in Christ:
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one
members one of another.
So Ö How would a
group of Christians with so many varying interpretations of
Scripture, opinions and ideologies ever obtain UNITY, ACCORD
AND ONE MIND as to become ONE BODY?
The answer is ...
We must RENEW our
We must escape
the SELFISH and carnal thinking and obtain the mind of
Philippians 2:2, 5
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having
the same love, being of one accord, of ONE MIND ÖÖ.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
What does this
mean ... That we must have the MIND within us that was in
We must think
like Jesus thinks by obtaining the mind of Christ:
1 Corinthians 2:16
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that He may
instruct him? But
we have the mind of Christ.
And in so doing, we shall find the peace which brings forth
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So, it is very
simple Ö If we are the BODY of Christ, we must be obedient
to the MIND of Christ.
And to obtain
UNITY, Christians must be in ACCORD on the
basic foundation, which is the mind of JESUS and will of
Now what is the
Body of Christ?
Letís look at the
description of the Body of Christ Bible verses within 1 Corinthians
Chapter 12 ...
This is a wonderful
explanation by Paul, of how weíre all united in Christ and how we all
should depend on and appreciate one another and the Spiritual gifts
that each one of us has been blessed with.
Letís take a look.
1 Corinthians 12:4-31
Now there are
diversities of gifts,
but the same Spirit.
And there are differences
of administrations, but
the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God
which worketh all in all. But the
manifestation of the Spirit
is given to EVERY man to
profit withal. For
is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
faith by the same Spirit;
to another the gifts of
healing by the same Spirit;
the working of miracles;
prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits; to
another divers kinds of
tongues; to another
the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit,
dividing to EVERY man severally
as He will. For as the
body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that
one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For
by one Spirit are we all
baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and
have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not
one member, but many. If
the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the
body; is it therefore not of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of
the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body
were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing,
where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every
one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him. And if they
were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many
members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand,
I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have
no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which
seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the
body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow
more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant
comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath
tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to
that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the
body; but that the members should have the same care one for
another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer
with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with
it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
And God hath set some in the church,
miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments,
diversities of tongues.
Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all
workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak
with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best
gifts: and yet shew I unto
you a more excellent way.
We are to be ONE BODY and work in
Notice in Paul's message how many times he
says "to another". That's because we, together, are the body of
Christ. We cannot be the body of Christ separately, only together.
Jesus is the only ONE who is PERFECT alone. Perhaps that is why the
Lord didn't bestow all gifts to one person, because they might feel
no need for others, or even Jesus.
We are not to hold pride or jealousy
we feel another member of the Body of Christ is deemed as
being more attractive.
Here is another look at it ...
We will use the human body in this example
If the mouth was to say to the rear end
"Hey, look at me ... I am seen by all, am
able to voice thoughts and expressions and I take in food
that nourishes the entire body."
The rear end, which is not as "comely" a
body part, can simply reply ...
"Yes, this is true, but if it were not for
me, you would be full of ... It."
So ... One body part is as important as
the other in the Body of Christ as they work TOGETHER.
What did Paul mean by that last
sentence? It's good to sincerely desire to do the best things FOR GOD
... BUT, Paul adds, I'm going to show you something that
will make your demonstration of those gifts even BETTER! Oh my, yes!
Throw a little LOVE into the recipe and then youíve got
the right idea. Paul Continues:
1 Corinthians, Chapter 13
Though I speak with the tongues of men
and of Angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding
brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of
prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and
though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and
have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods
to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and
have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth
long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not
itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly,
seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the TRUTH;
Are you giving with Charity never faileth: but whether there be
prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they
shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that
which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be
done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood
as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put
away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly;
but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know
even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity,
these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
In other words ... You can have EVERY
gift that God has to offer but without charity and Love ... It is as
Do you want to test yourself to see if you are
charitable? First, determine what it is that you consider charity.
Generally, charity is giving, whether it be goods, or services, or
advice, or love or anything in between, check against the scripture
above if it is truly a charitable act.
Are you giving with patience?
Are you giving with kindness?
Are you giving for no recognition and not to brag or show
Are you giving without reservation of any kind,
Are you giving without expectation of being repaid?
Are you giving with a peaceful heart?
Are you giving with
no evil thought?
Are you giving with
Charity bears all things.
believes all things.
Charity endures all things.
Always remember to share your Spiritual gifts with lots of LOVE.
Some people are jealous of other
peoples' spiritual gifts, and this is a problem that apparently was
going on way back when, too. If the word jealous is too abrasive for
you, let's use the word ... envious. Paul explains, using the parts of
our physical body, as an example of how we should view our spiritual
gifts as parts of the body of Christ, and not to misjudge your
Paul also shared
of the Body of Christ in the Book of Romans Chapter 12 Ö
For as we have many members in one
body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being
many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of
another. Having then gifts differing according to the Grace
that is given to us,
whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of
ministry, let us wait on our ministering:
he that teacheth, on teaching; Or
he that exhorteth, on exhortation:
he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity;
he that ruleth, with diligence;
he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil;
cleave to that which is good.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business;
fervent in spirit;
serving the Lord;
Rejoicing in hope;
patient in tribulation; continuing
instant in prayer;
Distributing to the necessity of saints;
given to hospitality.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own
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therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye
walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the
unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in
one hope of your calling ...
And He (Jesus) gave some,
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge
of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of
the stature of the fulness of Christ. That we henceforth be
no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with
every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But
speaking the TRUTH IN LOVE, may grow up into Him in all
things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole
body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every
joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the
measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the
edifying of itself in love.
THIS Ö IS UNITY
OF THE BODY OF CHRIST
Let the TRUE Body
of Christ abide by these principles shared with us by those
our Lord, TOGETHER.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort,
be of one mind,
live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with
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