One Body with Many Parts

Rumi, Sufi Poet. 

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Humanity. Some of us are religious, some are not. But we have all been received one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. If the ear says." "I'm not part of the body, I'n not an eye," is that any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and nature has put each part where it should be.

How strange a body would be if it had only one part!

Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less exposeable, we dress with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should be hidden, while the more exposable parts do not require care.

So nature has put the body of humanity together and given it care.

This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

From 1 Corinthians 12:12-27


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