BY JERRY BRIDGES
The New Testament teaches us that spiritual caring within the body has both a vertical and a horizontal dimension. Yet in too many cases, the vertical dimension is overloaded, almost to the point of breaking down. I believe this is because the horizontal dimension has been so neglected that it has become almost nonexistent. We must restore this dimension so that the whole body will build itself up in love as each part does its work (Eph. 4:16 ).