Scripture: Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Romans 12:9
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25
Observation: There is evil in the church. The greatest evil is when we try to counter the evil of the world with the world's methods. Spiritual gifts free us to work against evil in God's power and method. We build one another through truth because when one of us buys the lie of evil then we are all part of the lie. Love is the motive for gifts not proving ourselves or our brand of Christianity. Love must be truthful and confront evil. The motive must be restoration though not proving our correctness.
Application: Most divisions in the church would be stopped before they were noticed if every believer valued the unity of love in the body of believers more than a false sense of unity based more on the world's pattern than Christ's. To love someone is to confront lovingly. We are all prone to mixing some evil in our faith practice. As a body there is no shame in it. The only shame is when the body does not confront. It is a lot like a virus in our physical bodies. If our immune system fails to confront the virus early, it will grow and divide. Ultimately it will create sickness in the entire body. Jesus is the truth, and His followers must seek the goodness of His truth.
Prayer: Help me encourage someone to be healthy today. Help me present the hope of life change as I confront the sickness present in all of us. Help me also accept someone else's words of truth as they confront the evil still lingering in me. Together we will eliminate the sickness and be a healthy body where we are members of one another. Help us to value looking like You more than feelings.