The Church – Part Four

I’ve always heard it said that if you find the perfect church don’t join it – you’ll just mess it up.  We all know that the church is filled with imperfect people.  None of us has reached the point of sinless perfection in our thoughts, words, or actions.  Even though this is so, God’s Word calls us to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”  (Ephesians 4:1)

In the church you will find people with their faults and failures, their weaknesses and their insecurities.  You will also find people who are committed to Christ and growing in their faith.  The odd thing is that they can be the very same people!  The church is filled with people in progress.  It would make perfect sense if we all wore t-shirts emblazoned with “Under Construction.”

Because the church is filled with imperfect people, it is important that we give each other a little wiggle room.  As the Apostle Paul put it, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3)

May God give us the humility and patience to tolerate the failures of others, the discernment to help our brothers and sister grow in the faith, the passion to mature to be more like Christ, and the joy of being part of the body of Christ.

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