Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
"There should be no division in the body . . . Its members should have the same care for one another." (1 Corinthians 12:25)
When we first came out of the wicked world and began associating with Jehovah’s people, we were likely delighted to experience the warm love and care that exist among them. What a contrast to the coarse, hateful, and contentious people under Satan’s control! We came into the spiritual paradise, which is filled with peace and unity. (Isaiah 48:17, 18; 60:18; 65:25) As time passes, however, we might begin to look at our brothers through the distorted lens of imperfection. Our imperfection could cause us to magnify the faults of our brothers instead of looking at their overall spiritual qualities. Simply put, we forget to view them as Jehovah views them. If this happens to us, it is time to give attention to our view and bring it into line with Jehovah’s clear view.—Exodus 33:13.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 5:1, 2)
*this is a great text discussion to remind us how every part of the body (even the seemingly 'insignificant' parts) plays a vital role and contributes an important function to the rest of the body as a whole. So if we no longer see the good qualities or the 'potential' that Jehovah sees inside one of our brothers or sisters in the congregation, then we just need to look harder and deeper to find it. Remember that great illustration about the miner searching for diamonds? It takes alot of digging and sifting through rocks & dirt to get to the gems! =)