Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
– Ephesians 4:15-16
I had to read this about 10 times to get what it was saying. Apparently complex sentence structure was a thing with Paul. A few truths I gathered from this sentence:
1. the body is held together by every joint with which it is equipped. All who are a part of the body are therefore important. I am important, you are important, we are all different.
2. This only works when the parts are working properly, which brings the question “Are you working properly?” and also “what does it mean to work properly?” to which … I’m not sure I have an answer.
3. Christ is the head.
4. We should speak in love
5. We are growing in Christ, building each other up in love.