When I used to go places with my two sons, people would often say, "And who are these young men?" And I'd say, "Oh, these are my body guards." These guys of ours grew up pretty fast, and it was believable that they could be my body guards.
Actually, if I really felt that I needed one, I would look to some professional wrestler maybe. Now, there was a body guard. In fact, before he became a TV personality and a movie star, he was actually a body guard for people like Muhammad Ali. So he got noticed first and got into the movies and into that old A-Team series.
Now, it's interesting to think of body guards. There are people who need them, and you picture those big beefy guys who stand between the celebrity and whoever might want to cause them any trouble. It's almost as if they're saying, "Nothing's going to happen to you my friend as long as I'm looking out for you. I'm going to stand between you and anyone who tries to hurt you." That's body guards. Hey, did you know you're a body guard? Well, I mean, at least you're supposed to be.
Now, our word for today from the Word of God is from that great love chapter of the Bible - 1 Corinthians 13. I'm going to read just a portion of it beginning with verse 4. As you listen to this ultimate description of love, perhaps you might compare your own love right now for your family, the people you live with; the people you spend a lot of time with. Compare your love to this description, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
1 Corinthians 13:7 - I want to pick up these three little words from that wonderful description, "love always protects." In other words, if we love as Christ loves, we are meant to be looking out for each other. I guess I'm supposed to be your body guard and you're supposed to be mine if we're brothers and sisters in Christ. That means that if someone comes to me and starts to attack a brother or sister's reputation, then I'm the one who intervenes and says, "Hey, wait a minute! Let's not talk about him. Have you thought about the other side of the story?" You become, as a spiritual body guard, the one who stops the gossip when it comes to you and then it says, "Excuse me, but that will be enough of that. It stops here."
When someone comes to you and starts criticizing another person, you've got to be the one who says, "Hey wait a minute! Go to them. I don't need to hear this. Have you talked to them about it? Go tell them." You're the one who makes sure that you never say anything bad about a family member or lets anyone else get away with it. You're the one who reminds people of the good points of a person that maybe they're having a hard time remembering. You say, "Yeah, but have you thought about this?" You're the one who encourages understanding and communication between people, because ultimately it is not your body that you're protecting. It is the body of Christ. We are all part of that, those of us who are in Christ.
And His body has been broken enough. He said, "This is My body which was broken for you." Don't allow it to be broken any more by a Christian attacking another Christian. Don't throw any punches at someone that Jesus loves very much. Instead say, "Nothing's going to happen to you because I'm looking out for you."