Posts Tagged ‘body’

Be kind and compassionate
To one another.
Ephesians 4:32
Sometimes, anger is surprising.  I do not often become angry, but recently something happened that made me furious.  I have found it helpful to have a plan of what I will do when I experience the emotion of anger. 
This is my plan:
1. Be silent.
2. Walk away from the person or situation.
3. Go to a private location with my Bible and journal.
4. Read my Bible and write in my journal.
5. Pray (for myself, the other person and for God’s perspective).
6. When I am calm, discuss the situation.
I opened my Bible to read Ephesians 4, looking for the verse, “In your anger, do not sin.”  The verse I found was, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32).  What struck me about this verse is its close proximity to the verses about anger.  We are called to be kind and compassionate even when we are angry.  This is my goal, even though I am not always successful.  
The situation that caused me to be angry was resolved quickly because God helped me to be calm and the other person involved responded to me with kindness when I shared my feelings.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the  Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit….  Ephesians 4:4 

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Now you are the body of Christ… 
1 Corinthians 12:27


“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (1 Corin. 12: 27 & 26).

Yesterday, my Dad was at the hospital being evaluated for chest pains.  I thought about this verse throughout the day as we were waiting for his results.  It was easy to feel his suffering and care about him because we are so close.  This caused me to think about the importance of being connected to the body of Christ.   

The early Christians were extremely close and connected:

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people” (Acts 2:44-47). 

Our culture is different, but God hasn’t changed.  I believe we are still called as a body to the closeness that these believers experienced.  They were interdependent and they had time for each other.  Maybe if we were not as busy and not as independent, we could recapture what has been lost.


My Dad is doing great.  He is home from the hospital and being treated for high blood pressure.  Our family is very thankful for the prayers and support from our friends. 

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my body

My soul thirsts for You,
My body longs for You… 
Psalm 63:1
O God, you are my God,
       earnestly I seek you;
       my soul thirsts for you,
       my body longs for you,
       in a dry and weary land
       where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 63:1-8
A favorite from the book of Psalms.
A combination of the NIV and the NLT translations.   

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