What do you think of when I say the perfect Christian? Does the picture come to mind of someone that doesn't make mistakes? How about someone that has a perfect life? Or the person that has the ideal family situation, money and happiness? We all have an idea in our head of what the perfect Christian looks like.
Do we judge those that we consider perfect Christians? I am sure we are all guilty of this. We all find ourselves wishing we were more like them. We want our lives to not be as difficult as theirs. Maybe we are just looking at the outside.
What is happening on the inside of this person making the judgment? Instead of showing the “perfect Christian” grace, we consume ourselves with judgment. We get angry with this person. Jealousy sets in, and we turn against that person. Instead of showing Christianly love, we start throwing daggers. We expand our hate for this person by trying to turn others against them. Our goal is to make them feel as miserable as we do.
When we are confronted about our actions against the perfect Christian, we, in turn, blame on them instead. It is their fault that we feel the way we feel. If they were not so perfect, we would not have to have so much anger and bitterness towards that person.
We are not perfect, and neither are they.
When you are bottoming out in life, you are not going to fix your situation by tearing others down. Your hurts and pains inside are magnified because you dwell on your problems. You just can't stand someone else being happy when you are miserable.
As Christians, we are called to love one another. 1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love.”
When you do not love your brother or sister as God loves you, do you have a relationship with God? Are you just practicing religion instead of growing a relationship with Jesus? When you show constant judgment and oppression against a fellow Christian, you do not know God.
Do you find yourself in this situation? You can change and make your life a God-centered life. It is time to get off the hate train and get on the God train. 1 John 4:7-8 tells us that we must love to know God. If we do not love but proclaim to have a relationship with God, who are we fooling?