There is a lot of pressure in the church for Christians to be perfect, and it’s hurting everyone. The reason we have to pray “on earth as it is in heaven” is because we’re not living on earth as it is in heaven. We are still human whether we like it or not. We will make mistakes and bad choices and fall down.
Unfortunately, every time we make a bad choice or fall down fingers get pointed. Assumptions are made. Judgement is given. When that happens, walls go up. We lose connection and we definitely lose love.
Look at all the major players in the Bible and find one that lived perfectly their whole life. Everyone was human, and God loved them. God used them in their imperfections to show His own greatness. Why are we so shocked when people act like people?
When Jesus said, He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first, He knew no one could do it. It’s only by God’s mercy that our sins are covered, not because we are perfect. We all have planks in our own eyes. We have to stop judging each other for being human.
The world is supposed to know us by our love. Love is not judgmental and does not point fingers. Love simply loves, even through the mistakes and bad decisions. Let people love your humanity while you love them in theirs.