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Learning to Love the Church

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heart puzzle piece missing pc 1600 clr 4847A lot of people will grow to love Jesus very easily, but not the same can be said for the church. Yet, it is essential that we come to love the body or bride of Christ just as much as we love him. There are many reasons some people have difficulty creating a strong relationship with the church and I want to talk about one of those and how to overcome it.


(1)   PROBLEM--Other people. Most of the people I talk with who have trouble creating a loving relationship with the church state that it is because of the people in the church. In fact, I bet you have heard people say, or maybe you have said yourself, “I would go to church, or go more regularly, if it wasn’t for the people.” However, it is impossible to have a connection with the head of the church, Christ, without being a part of the body. If you cut off your hand completely, it is no longer being controlled by the brain. In fact, it will die very soon unless it is reattached. This is true with us and the church. The church is where we hear the word taught, we gain fellowship, and we are strengthened by being a part of the body. This allows the life blood of Christ to flow through us. If we are allowing other people to stand between us and Christ, we are making a serious mistake. This mistake simply hurts us. If we are going to claim to love Christ, we must love the church and the people who comprise the church. Listen to the words of John as inspired by the Holy Spirit, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:20-21). It is a real trial sometimes to love the church because of the people in it. On the other hand, we will never have the type of love God is demanding of us unless we learn to love some people who are difficult to love. God has not asked something easy of us; He asks us to follow in the footsteps of His Son.


(2)   SOLUTION--Determination. Rather than perhaps looking at the hypocrisy of those in the church and allowing it to turn us off, determine to be the best example you can be of the teachings Christ commanded of us. Show others the best way to be a Christian. “If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12). It is very easy to offer other people as an excuse, but be honest with yourself and demonstrate that you are not just looking for a reason not to attend church as you should. If you really don’t like people who claim to be a Christian and then don’t follow the commands of Christ, don’t be one of those people! Instead of adding to the problem, try to help become part of the solution. Learning to love the church is vital to every person who wants to have a strong relationship with Christ. It is challenging, but it will be a blessing if you determine that other people are not going to interfere with your relationship with God and His church.

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