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Viewpoint from Roger Hill for 7th January 2011

Roger Hill
Member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Burnt Lane, Gorleston


The book of Ephesians makes it clear that we are to care for other Christians because we are one of them. First Corinthians 12 says that together we Christians are like the human body, with Christ as the head. Every part needs the other. The human body is perfor webhaps the most amazing example of teamwork anywhere in the world.  Every part needs the other. When the stomach is hungry, the eyes see the Fish and Chip sign, the feet run to the shop, and the hands douse it with salt and vinegar and direct it to the mouth where it goes down to the stomach. Now that is co-operation! 
Some times we become so involved in what we are doing that we believe our work is the most important. If the church is to be healthy, we should understand everyone is needed. The members of a healthy family enjoy being together; their association is strengthening and pleasurable. The members of God’s family, the church, have fellowship for more than social pleasure. If our hearts are right with God, those who visit our churches or receive its services in any way, will sense that they too are being called by the Spirit to become part of the same family of faith too.
As members of the Christian faith we need each other. We also need to respect each other. If a part of the human body suffers the rest of the body suffers with it. As members of the church body, we should sympathise with other members Dove rightwho are suffering, for whatever reason. A sprained ankle immobilizes the entire person; and the feet that score a winning goal bring honour to the whole body. 
Newsman Charles Osgood told the story of two ladies who lived in a home for the elderly. Each had suffered an incapacitating stroke. Margaret was restricted on her left side, Ruth on her right. Both ladies were accomplished pianists but had given up hope of ever playing again. The Matron of the home sat them down at the piano and encouraged them to play solo pieces together. They did, and a beautiful friendship developed. What an example for us Christians! We need to work together-in harmony just like these two ladies did.
Those who are truly connected with God will not be fighting with fellow Christians. Yet because of our human nature we fall out with our brothers and sisters often over issues of little consequence. However numerous the arguments regarding various aspects of truth, we must never forget that our chief foe is Satan, who seeks to keep within the church the spirit of controversy and conflict. Unity is not a matter of small consequence, Corinthians 1v10, Romans 15 v 6:7. We should prayerfully seek unity based on the word of God.    The more closely we resemble our Saviour in character, the greater will be our love toward those for whom he died.