Ephesians 5:20-21 says, “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” As I was thinking about these two verses, I pictured what our natural body is like. God designed it to work as a whole, our brain being the head.
Our thoughts control our brain, and our brain controls our body. If we are mentally dialoguing with negative thoughts, chomping at the bit with anxiety, or wallowing in self pity what happens? When we are praising the Lord, giving thanks for everything, and worshipping Him with our whole heart what happens?
Now we take the Body of Christ into our thoughts. We know from 1 Corinthians 12 that it has many members. Verse 20 says, “But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.” Verse 25 says, “That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” Schism means: division, a split, a gap, or dissension.
This is where our synchronized strength comes from. The two verses in Ephesians 5 gave the pattern: thanksgiving and submitting to one another. Colossians 2:19 says that when we hold fast to the Head, His body flourishes. As we physically thrive when our body is functioning that way God designed it, so His body thrives.
We are knit together through His love that causes us to grow and increase. There are lots of ‘one another’ verses that help us follow the pattern the Lord set. Romans 12:10 is one of them. It says, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brother love, in honor giving preference to one another.”