As we get older we find our joints becoming "creakier". When we sit for a long time we can count on stiffness to set in as we rise. Reading through Colossians I was reminded that the body of Christ has joints too. You might say that the joints are the relationships and interactions between each of us. Chapter 3, verses 12-15 of Colossians talks about these "joints", these interactions. We can learn a lot about how we are doing with the Lord from the healthiness of our joints with others. We seem to need qualities that will lubricate the hard spots and cause our rough edges to be separated so that we can move together. Qualities of mercy, kindness, humility, patience help ease the joints and forgiveness allows us to keep walking and not be stalled. But the greatest "joint protector" seems to be love. Just as our physical knees need to be held in place by tendons and ligaments, so our relationships with each other need to be held by love. Love is strong and allows the different parts of Christ's body interact and move together but still allows them to be separate and not grind together...just like our physical joints and the muscles, tendons and ligaments that hold and guide them.
Colossians 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.