We are also called to relieve our fellow believers’ outward needs as we are able. This can take the form of giving to the church’s deacons’ fund, giving to missions work, or participating directly in relief efforts—making meals for new mothers, visiting the sick and homebound, or pitching in after disasters.
Our being one body in Christ has important implications for our relationships with other believers. John tells us that we are to love one another, “for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). John also records Christ’s words along the same lines: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34–35). Our love for one another has as its basis the love that God has for us in Christ.
God’s love for us works itself out in our lives in various ways. It moves us to respond to God in love, and it moves us to love our brothers and sisters in the faith (1 John 4:11–12; 5:1–3). This is because we are one body, the body of Christ. No one hates his own body, but desires what is good for it (Eph. 5:29); in the same way, those who are united to the body of Christ do their part to care for that body. We worship together, use our God-given gifts for the benefit of the body, suffer together, rejoice together, and bear one another’s burdens (1 Cor. 12:12–31; Gal. 6:2).