We live in a society where a Christian is put on such a high pedestal that it’s impossible for them to be imperfect. Christians are expected act a certain way, to always have a smile on their face and live as if everything is always perfect. I’m sorry but I’m not “that kind of Christian”. I have bad days, I don’t always have a smile on my face or successful in “faking it to make it”. I’ve lived that lifestyle for so long that it started to tear me down. I’m not perfect nor do I pretend to be. I have issues just like the next person and sometimes I don’t “pass the test” of trials and tribulations. I get angry, I am sad at times and I am not always happy. It’s called life and that’s what I live in not an “unrealistic supernatural world” where everything is always great.
We must learn as Christians it’s ok to have our moments as long as we don’t stay in it or allow it to consume us. The sad thing is Christians are judged more by other Christians than by non Christians. A wise Christian would see another Christian who isn’t having a great day and pray. An immature Christian sees that same Christian and will say things such as “she has an attitude” or “she’s acting stank today”. We are called to build one another up, to encourage and pray for one another not criticize and condemn them. Who knows 1) what they are going through and 2) that maybe your prayer could be the one that will help them through that rough patch. But in a world where gossip is everything, it makes it harder for true Christians to live a life of imperfections without being the latest hot topic of some of these so called “Christian’s” conversations.
This is my prayer: God help us to have a heart of love and compassion for our brothers and sisters in Christ. To stop and ask if they are ok instead of assuming the worse and cutting them off or condemning them. Lord help us to see each other through your eyes. Love covers a multitude of sin. Love is our answer. Even in a world popular for slander and pettiness help us to stand up and against it. Help us God not to allow the devil and his devices to tear one another down but to love beyond the hate, beyond the bitterness, beyond the pettiness and the shade. Help us to be like you, Christ-like.
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” – John 15:12 KJV