Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Love the Church


In Ephesians 5:25-27 Paul writes about the love Jesus has for the church. He loves the church so much that he gave his life for the church (Eph. 5:25). The church is the bride of Christ. The church is something we should love and cherish. What does this mean? What does it mean to love the church? Loving the church is more than just an idea. It is something practical and concrete. Love is not something we give off the top. Love is a sacrifice (Eph. 5:25). Love costs us something (Luke 10:25-37). We don’t just love the idea of church. We love the church. The church is not a building. The church is literally the people. When we say we love the church, we mean that we love people. To love the church is to love the people who make up the church. Here are a few things we can do to love the church.

Speak well of the church – We should always speak well of the body of Christ. We should not speak ill of the church. We do not slander what we love. To speak well of the body of Christ is to speak well of individuals who make up the church. We should never gossip or say bad things about our brothers and sisters in Christ. We should encourage our fellow Christians with our words.

Work on your relationship with the church – If we really want to love the church, then we must work on developing a relationship with the people who make up the church. This means we must sacrifice our time in order to develop relationships and get to know each other. This often begins with scheduled meeting times. Make an effort to attend all the worship services and any special gatherings when the church might meet. These are great opportunities to come together and encourage one another. We should also work on developing relationships outside these meeting times. Invite people over for dinner. Ask someone to have coffee with you. Get together and work on strengthening friendships. Our love for one another grows as we spend time together and develop meaningful relationships.

Make sacrifices for the church – Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for the church by laying down his life for her, but we can make sacrifices also. We can volunteer to teach a Bible class, cook meals for the sick, or visit others. There are people in the church who need certain things. They may need their yard mowed, or they may just need someone to talk to. Do something for someone else. Put the interests of others before your own (Philippians 2:4-8). Loving the church means loving people and making sacrifices on their behalf.

May we imitate Jesus in all things, including his love for the church. May we always remember that loving the church means loving people.

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