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Part of the Mystical Body

megaphoneSeveral members of the Mystical Body often combine their efforts to help another in need. A new Christian, who is an alcoholic, stumbles into a drinking binge. When a church friend notices her absence, a house visit and counseling follows. A third Christian comes forward and pays the rent. The prodigal eventually returns to her proper place in the Mystical Body. So Saint Paul writes 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 small service of developing friendships.

Strengthen Faith

Travel to VietnamIn the Body of Christ, developing Christian friendships strengthens one's individual faith. 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 © 2017

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