One of the most common problems people have with church is the people. They’ll say things like, “That church is full of hypocrites.” They aren’t wrong. Churches all over the world are filled with people who make mistakes. The Body of Christ, the Church, the House of God is made up of imperfect people: people who fight with their spouse, are recovering from addiction, have been to prison, been divorced, are estranged from their families, and the list could go on and on.
It’s easy to say that churches are filled with hypocrites, but that’s an earthly view of the people that fill the seats on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Our heavenly Father sees us in a much greater way. His Church is not filled with hypocrites, it’s filled with people who are forgiven. It’s filled with people who are perfectly loved by God.
We put our faith in God and His love for us. We accept His forgiveness and He makes us part of the Body.
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you,” (Colossians 3:12-13 NASB).
The love of God is what holds the Church together. We receive it by faith and we give it to others.
Churches would fall apart without love and forgiveness. Every failure and sharp word would be remembered and catalogued to use at a later time. Bitterness would build up until we all burst.
We imperfect people are able to live, worship and build the kingdom together because we see each other as God sees us; forgiven. Do we still make mistakes? Of course, but if we have faith that God is working in us, then we have to believe He’s working in others. If we are forgiven of our sins, then other people must be forgiven as well.
When we learn to deal with others in love, forgiving them when they’re wrong and believing in God’s perfecting work in them, we will see the Kingdom grow the way our Father wants it to.
“Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful,” (Colossians 3:14-15 NASB).