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Longing for Perfect Unity

“You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.” — 1 Corinthians 12:27 (CEB)

Scripture: Luke 6:27-28, 32-36

A Perfect Love Week 3 -Longing for Perfect Unity

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Deeply held disagreements become the occasion to exercise love by openness to learning from one another.

We long for a way to overcome the tension and the heartache of the division within our nation, our church, our family, and even within ourselves.

In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul is addressing a disagreement in the church by reminding them that each is given different gifts and each gift is designed for the common good of the body. The body does not function as it should when a piece is missing, nor does it work properly if all the parts are the same. All the members/pieces/parts of the body are arranged and placed by God.

The weak and the strong, the honorable and the less honorable are all indispensable to the body of Christ. Diversity and unity are held in tension, by the one Spirit, in one body: “You are the body of Christ and parts of each other” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Wesley concludes his Plain Account of Christian Perfection by giving us six “Be aware of” and one “Be” pieces of advice. For John Wesley, as for us, Christian perfection is an ongoing work of transformation throughout our life journey. This is not a journey we make on our own, but in union with our brothers and sisters in Christ.