Sharing Sunday: the sounds of backs being bitten (not exactly music to the ears)

Accord.

Harmony.

Unity.

Aaaaah.

Aren’t your ears aching for such peaceful bliss and your soul thirsty for this soothing tranquility?

BK and Caleb have, again, drawn me into a deeper understanding of melodious union with God.

As a member of the Body of Christ.

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All too often I hope for such richness of revelation to be instantly absorbed with little effort on my part.

I am met, each time, with reality.

Last week, Caleb asked me to read a Psalm that struck a chord in him.  He informed me it sounded like a Proverb.

Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;

He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;

In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the Lord;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

(Psalm 15)

I spent hours digging into the nuggets of truth in these five verses.

The glaring truth of the third verse pierced my consciousness.

Such people don’t say bad things about others.
They don’t do things to hurt their neighbors.
They don’t tell shameful things about those close to them.

Matthew Henry elaborated.  The character of the follower of Christ,

Makes not others’ faults the subject of his common talk.

He makes the best of every body

And the worst of nobody.

And John Calvin magnified the truth of the disease and lust of [backbiting].

Good men should not allow themselves to indulge in detraction.

Detraction.

Backbiting.

Indulging in ridiculing and running down another’s name.

A disease of discord and cacophony.

A few days later, BK added weight to the conviction as he dove into the waters of unity in his Sunday sermon.

God’s Spirit manifesting through us as gifts to be used in the Body of Christ.

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The church functioning together in harmony.

With motives to bring glory to God.  Not to elevate self.

Advancing the name of God.  Not building the name of Cristal.

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Making the best of the other members in the Body.

Not biting chunks from their unsuspecting backs.

The hand working alongside the wrist.  Not the shoulder betraying the arm.

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Blending the chords of unity with other believers to create a melodious song.

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About Cristal

Living life fully as the wife of one, a mother of two and follower of The One.
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8 Responses to Sharing Sunday: the sounds of backs being bitten (not exactly music to the ears)

  1. Caleb’s drawings speak so well of the subject. I don’t remember ever seeing anything which portrays so well how the Church is the Body of Christ. Thanks for sharing such food for thought. (I read your words as well, Cristal!)

    • Cristal says:

      It’s okay if you only look at the pictures. ;)

      I don’t look at Caleb’s sketches during church and am always amazed at how God uses them, later, to dig the truth in deeper. This, too, was a new view of the Body of Christ for me!

  2. joseyphina says:

    God bless you for sharing this with us!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Brad was just talking about us being the body of Christ. I asked him if he read your page or had seen Calebs pictures. He hadn’t so I showed him. We talk about being the body of Christ, but how would we change our lives if we looked at it like Caleb? I would hang that on my wall if I had it! Just as a reminder everyday of how we are all supposed to work together to do Kingdom work!

    • Cristal says:

      It really opened my eyes, too, Tiffany. I had not pictured the Body in that way until I saw it from Caleb’s point of view. Maybe we’ll try to get you a copy of it for you wall! ;)

  4. Freddy says:

    I was searching for a right picture to put in our church group. Perfect picture of Body of christ. God bless Caleb and give him much wisdom.

    • Cristal says:

      Thank you for blessing us, Freddy, with such wonderful news that you were blessed by Caleb’s picture! He smiled BIG when I shared your comment with him. :) I’d love more information about your fellowship. Do you have a website? May you prosper in the endeavors of the Lord!

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