“Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2 (NLT)
The family, church or community can be healthy, but it will never be perfect. A group of imperfect people will never be able to create a perfect community.
Psalm 119:96 says, “Nothing is perfect except your words” (TLB).
Everything on this planet is broken—the weather, the economy, our bodies, our relationships, our minds. Nothing here works perfectly except God’s Word. To expect perfection in a family is to set yourself up for massive disappointment.
Jesus passionately loves the world, even with all its faults and failures and He wants us to do the same. If we’re going to be Christlike, we must love each other despite our imperfections.
In parenting, you don’t wait for your kids to grow up before you love them; you love them at every stage of their maturity. In the same way, you need to learn to love people at every stage of their growth. People may disappoint you but love them regardless of their shortcomings.
Father, help me to demonstrate your love to the world around me IJN.