Sometimes Christians—bought by the blood of Christ and sealed by his Spirit for a life of love and purpose—are selfish.
When Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, he needed to correct their theology and their behavior. He explained that grace is the only sure foundation for loving one another. In the church, we must guard against “spiritual autoimmune disease,” in which spiritual white cells see normal cells within the body as enemies and try to destroy them. Paul wrote,
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other” (Galatians 5:13-15).
Is it possible for a human body to “bite and devour” healthy cells, destroying life? Absolutely
. Sometimes white blood cells mistakenly attack healthy cells in the blood, causing disastrous results. The immune system fails to recognize components of the body as normal. It then creates auto antibodies that attack its own cells, tissues, or organs. This causes inflammation and damage, and it leads to autoimmune disorders.
For example, autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a group of disorders that attack red blood cells as if they were substances foreign to the body. Like other cases of anemia, the person may experience shortness of breath, tiredness, and jaundice. When the destruction of healthy red cells persists for a long period of time, the spleen may enlarge, resulting in a sense of abdominal fullness and pain.
God intends for his body to be healthy, to nourish each other, protect each other, and carry harmful waste away
. He grieves when his people exemplify an autoimmune disorder by biting and devouring each other. Jesus said the gates of hell can’t prevail against the church. This means that Satan can’t defeat the church, but we can bite and devour each other. We’re our own worst enemy.
How have you seen Christians “bite and devour one another”?
How did it affect them?
How did it affect you?
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