The eye cannot say the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part rejoices with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

- 1 Corinthians 12:21-31

I love these verses. God (through Paul) calls for nothing less than 100% unity between believers. He looks at all of us, knowing how different He made each of our minds and preferences and beliefs and said, you gotta work together to make this happen. 

And this wouldn't make since if he hadn't also included, "But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it". Because you may be looking around and thinking, "okay, I can be in unity with everyone but that person." You may even have good reasons - they're not nice, they talk about their friends, they sin a lot. But God brings honor where it's lacking. We don't make hearts change, God does. Our job is to be in unity with all parts of the body. 

The point is God. The point isn't that we all get to be comfortable. I'll be honest - I normally have a hard time with this. It's hard for me to not instinctively get frustrated at this point. But again, I'll be really honest, that's because I don't understand what I actually deserve. I actually deserve death, but I don't have to die. 

It's hard to convince anyone that they should be in unity and love the people around them if they don't understand that they, themselves, should be dead and they're not anymore. It took a long time for this to not just be words to me, but actually be a reality I understood to some extent. So what I want you to do, is ask God to reveal to you more understanding of the cross. Keep asking until you get it. Search out wisdom, because most things in the bible that are hard to wrap your mind around become very clear once God reveals to you the importance of the cross. So right now, still yourself and just ask Him, wait and listen. (Don't be discouraged if it takes a while! Just keep asking!)

- Michele Houston