(July 17, 2015)
Paul highlights a key concept in these chapters – the way that we treat each other, and how that treatment ought to be informed by the treatment we receive from Christ. If Christ has born all suffering, and He has, then any time we cause suffering to anyone we by very definition cause suffering to Christ. And, in contrast, when we alleviate suffering of any kind (or bring joy to anyone), we alleviate in some small way the suffering of Christ.
What an awesome responsibility we bear in our ordinary, daily interactions with those around us! I know, for myself, I don’t properly recognize or carry this responsibility the way that I should.