Let’s Put the “We” into “Team!”

What makes the X-Men work? Teamwork. All the X-Men, the Professor Xavier, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Rogue and even Wolverine recognize that they need each other for mutual support and that by working together they can protect mutants and non-mutants alike from those who would do the innocent harm, even protecting non-mutants who fear and even hate all mutants, X-Men and otherwise. Do all the X-Men like each other? No, just ask Wolverine and Cyclops. However, they are usually able to set aside their differences and irritations in order to “get the job done” for the greater good.

What can the Body of Christ learn from the X-Men? Like the X-Men, Christians aren’t perfect. Sometimes some brother or sister will say or do something that irritates, or even hurts another brother or sister. However we as Christians should do our best to stay away from being offended and walk in forgiveness. Paul told the Galatians to “be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ” (TLB). There are at least three good reasons to do this. One, Jesus said that the world would know we are Christians because we love each other (John 13:35). Two, being angry, irritated and in a state of unforgiveness at someone else will just make you miserable and will actually hinder your prayers (Mark 11:25). Three, when a Christian is focused on how a human being, Christian or not, hurt them, that means his or her focus is misdirected. Paul told the Ephesians, “we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age” (Ephesians 6:12 GNT). A wise X-Men knows better than to fight a fellow X-Men and so should a Christian.

So what should a Christian do? Christians need to focus their attention on God, spending time in His Word and prayer. He or she should learn how to listen for God’s leading on how he or she can be a blessing to others. Ideally, a Christian should be so caught up in spending time with God and looking for opportunities to spread God’s love that they won’t notice when they have been hurt. In this way, Christians can come together, love one another and in doing so, do some real damage to the devil! So let’s get lovin”!

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