The Perfect Church Includes a Lot of Imperfect People

Wednesday is for Prayer

A good companion piece to this morning’s post.  One of the things that motivates my prayer is accurate evaluation of where we stand against the standard of God’s word. Tozer is always a trusted source.

AW TozerThe Church: The Perfect Church

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

–1 Thessalonians 5:14

Our lofty idealism would argue that all Christians should be perfect, but a blunt realism forces us to admit that perfection is rare even among the saints. The part of wisdom is to accept our Christian brothers and sisters for what they are rather than for what they should be….

There is much that is imperfect about us, and it is fitting that we recognize it and call upon God for charity to put up with one another. The perfect church is not on this earth. The most spiritual church is sure to have in it some who are still bothered by the flesh. [Classic understatement. mps]

An old Italian proverb says,

“He that will have none but a perfect brother

            must resign himself to remain brotherless.”

However earnestly we may desire that our Christian brother go on toward perfection, we must accept him as he is and learn to get along with him. To treat an imperfect brother impatiently is to advertise our own imperfections.

–A.W. Tozer, We Travel an Appointed Way, 55.

“Lord, draw our hearts to you. Make us men and women who give wide birth for other’s imperfection and yet be ruthless with our own. Make us men and women who always see the beam in our own eyes before the speck in our brother’s. For the glory of your name, make us tenderhearted and forgiving. Amen.”

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