Questions asked, communication fails, walk away with empty hands,
and an empty heart,
“there is no perfect church”.
Memory prompts thoughts of past hurts made without apology with the oh-so-common response of “I’m not perfect”.
One is an answer to accept and the other side steps acknowledgment.
And it’s love that covers the failure because love your neighbor.
I’m sorry for the hurt you were caused by the imperfect church.
I’m sorry you expected more. Not perfection. Just more.
The unconditional kind of love you would expect from God.
The kind you have heard about,
the kind you were told,
but didn’t see.
The imperfect church does not reflect a perfect God.
You’re not supposed to get hurt in church.
It’s supposed to be a place of acceptance and love. Yet far too often, pain comes from Christians.
Some of us are just complainers. But some of us are sincerely victims of unkind people.
There are no perfect Christians and there are no perfect churches. But I think we could do a lot better.
The message of the Gospel is love. All throughout the New Testament we see God relating to us with love and defining how we should relate to Him and each other with that same love – laying down your life, treating others the way you want to be treated, submitting, giving, serving, caring … sacrificial, unconditional love.
If you’ve been hurt, know that God sees it all.
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. -The Bible
Don’t give up on people or church. You be the love to others that you did not receive. And only when you really know God can you accomplish this.