Christians mess up and make mistakes. Followers of Jesus sin and don’t always act in a kind and loving way. Sometimes Christians are even difficult to love! However, we as God’s people are called to love each other with a fervent and forgiving love (Col. 3:12-14). Whether in a marriage or between family and friends, Christians must love each other. I like how Thomas Watson talked about this on page 82 of All Things for Good:
We love a saint, though he has many personal failings. There is no perfection here. In some, rash anger prevails; in some, inconstancy; in some, too much love of the world. A saint in this life is like gold in the ore, much dross of infirmity cleaves to him, yet we love him for the grace that is in him.
A saint is like a fair face with a scar; we love the beautiful face of holiness, though there be a scar in it. The best emerald has its blemishes, the brightest stars have their twinklings, and the best of the saints have their failings. You that cannot love one another because of his infirmities, how would you have God love you?
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015