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Mystical Body

megaphoneSeveral members of the Mystical Body often combined their efforts to help another in times of need. A new Christian, who was an alcoholic, stumbled into a drinking binge. When a church friend noticed her absence, a house visit and gentle counseling followed. A third Christian came forward to pay the rent. The prodigal eventually returned to her proper place in the Mystical Body. Saint Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12.26, "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." Those outside the Christian faith often see God himself in this kind of small service of developing friendships.✞

Strengthen Faith

Travel to VietnamIn the Body of Christ, developing Christian friendships strengthens one's individual faith. While developing and maintaining friendships takes time and effort, good friends can improve your mood, help you to reach your goals, reduce your stress and depression, support you through tough times, encourage you as you age, boost your self-worth, focus on others not yourself, pay attention to what is going on. So developing Christian relationships has long term beneficial effects. During the Vietnam Conflict, the Vietcong tried to break the spirit of American prisoners of war. Even under torture, it was not their patriotism or conviction that sustained them as much as their friendships with other soldiers in their unit. Solitary confinement away from their comrades and disrupted friendships dragged down their fighting spirit more than physical hardship or even torture.

"Developing Christian Friendships"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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