If you know me, you might be saying “Which problem, Matthew?” We all have our faults. There is one, however, that I think many of us share – we can extend love and grace to a lot of people but certain ones push us over the edge continually.
I wish I could say that the simple solution would be to stop it, fake it, etc. I know many Christians who would be quick to tell you to just do it whether it is fake or not. I have learned to be civil, but I won’t fake what should be a genuine love for people for whom Christ died. I will tell you to walk closely with Christ so that His love becomes an overflow of your relationship with Him.
Our churches, sadly, are filled with outward conformists who know how to fake the Christian life. I wouldn’t give two cents for that mockery of Christianity. Give me someone who is daily being changed by Jesus Christ and real enough to admit they aren’t perfect but truly want to be like Jesus.
It’s time to be real about where we fall short. But we can’t just admit it and plan to stay the same. Let’s aim together to become so much like Jesus (which only comes when we yield to His Spirit) that we can love the people who hurt us the most and honestly have no animosity toward them! Let’s strive to be like Jesus while still being real!