“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith”
Isn’t it interesting that the bible seems to connote that you should be partial to your brothers and sisters in the faith? This doesn’t mean that you should cut corners or be dishonest for their sake.
But it does mean that you should treat them with preference as much as is in your power.
If you have just one cup of water in a drought, or one plate of food in a time of famine, no one would fault you if don’t give it to a stranger. But it would be expected that you would share it with your child, your brother or sister, or someone who is your flesh and blood. How much more a member of the body of Christ.
The bond we have in Christ is the strongest there is. It is stronger than blood or marriage. What binds you to that person is eternal, so you must love him or her even when they don’t deserve it.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
1 John 3:16-18
Gossip and backbiting have no place in the church. An unforgiving spirit has no place in the body of Christ. This is what makes us believers. We have the mind of Christ!