Living boldly in a broken community
My day was full of community.
Give and take. Blessing and receiving. Not all easy. Some of it kind of awkward. But all in all, a beautiful picture of family.
And that’s the Body of Christ. It’s so not perfect. It’s a mess. It’s broken. But when Christ shines through our holes, we experience Him, and it’s clear where the glory belongs.
How I love Jesus who takes us, holes and all, and heals and shines and restores. And how I love all these members of His Church who are allowing Him to shine through them and their humanness.
That’s easier to say on a good day. It may not always feel so easy.
There are conflicts sometimes. And always different views on how things should be done, who’s right and who’s wrong. It can get so sticky, and far beyond sticky to painful.
I wish I could say I’d never hurt a brother or sister in Christ, but my list of failures is long enough. Multiply my short-comings times the two-hundred people in any given local church and it’s no wonder some become cynical.
But in spite of my sin, my blunders, and the times I’ve known how to do good but failed to do it, I’ve seen brothers and sisters forgive and extend grace.
There’s been a lot of grace lately… love to cover offenses, hugs to cheer sadness, words to heal brokenness, and acts of service to restore joy. After such grace, I’m grateful for the privilege of giving back.
Some days the giving flows; some days it’s strained. And some days even receiving is hard — it’s too humbling, too embarrassing.
But that’s life in a family, where we learn it’s not all about me, where we learn how to serve, to resolve conflict, to accept apologies.
I don’t know where you’re at today, friend. Maybe you’re lonely or wounded.
I pray that Jesus will fill you with grace for those who have offended you, and that you’ll be able to see and experience what true community is all about — the light of Christ shining through our brokenness, using all the cracks and holes to show us more of what He’s like.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Romans 12:10, 18
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
*Have a story of God’s people blessing you? I’d love to hear it!