Putting Up With Christians
Recently, I visited some friends who’d just had a baby. I loved meeting the new addition. But my friends seemed surprised by the antics of their new, anti-social lodger.
“We’ve been up all night. He wouldn’t stop crying. And then, he pooed right out of his nappy onto the floor. They just don’t tell you this kind of stuff.”
I’m not sure that’s true. You know what you’re getting with a new-born. Along with the joy of new life, you get the slap of puke as it hits the wall. For the third time in an hour.
Christians often get surprised by other believers. They’re annoying. They do stupid stuff. They hurt you. They’re insensitive. They don’t get it.
But why are we surprised? Don’t we know what we’re getting when we meet another Christian?
“A sinner, saved by grace.” Absolutely.
But do we think Christians are sinners saved by grace, who are just a tad kinder, wiser and more sensitive, than everyone else?
The Bible certainly doesn’t think so. Not if the Corinthians were anything to go by. These were spiritual new-borns (1 Corinthians 3:1). They had moral puke and poo everywhere.
We’re made right with God by faith in Christ alone. So we know what to expect.
With the joy of new life in Christ, Christians become spiritual new-borns who can take years to grow into maturity (Hebrews 5:12).
If this weren’t true, why would we be commanded to put up with each other?
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13
We must love with the same patience, forgiveness, and kindness that a parent gives to his new-born. We must love as we have been loved - with grace.