So you’ve been hurt in church before huh? Yeah, I know how you feel. I’ve been hurt in church before too. It’s amazing to me how church people can be so rude and cruel! They’re supposed to be holy and perfect right? Yeah, I don’t think so! Church people are some of the most despicable people I’ve ever met!
It’s crazy, but I have to admit, church people aren’t perfect! Many of them like to think they are, but they’re sadly mistaken! The fact is, church people aren’t necessarily Christians. I mean, come on! If you know anything about the Bible or ever even heard of one of the Bible stories of Jesus, then you know right now that you’ve never met anyone who is as good as Jesus. Amen?
To be a Christian means to be Christ-Like. I don’t know anyone who is that good! Just sayin. Okay, so just because you go to church on Sunday doesn’t mean you’re a Christian. For the record, no Christian is perfect, but how do you even become a Christian? If going to a Christian Church doesn’t make you a Christian, then what does? Why would someone even want to be a Christian?
To be a Christian, you must make up in your heart that you’re going to live for Jesus. However, to actually be called a Christian, you must be what Christians call getting saved or born again. That simply boils down to praying to God and asking Him to forgive you of your sins, or in other words, the bad things you’ve done. You must confess to Him that you acknowledge you are a sinner, and believe that He sent His Son Jesus to the earth to live as a man. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross to blot out your sins. If you can do that, read and study your Bible as often as possible, you are a Christian. Now you will need to find a good Christian Bible believing church to get involved in so you can fellowship with other Christians and grow in your faith.
Many church people have never accepted Christ as their Savior. They’re just religious, and that won’t get you to heaven. I’m going to tell you now, at some point in your Christian walk, you will probably be hurt by someone in the Church. I’m sorry and I hate to say that, but the truth is the truth. I’ve been hurt multiple times by not just church people, but Christians. How do we overcome this type of disappointment? Why would someone try to hurt us? Isn’t a Christian supposed to be Christ-Like?
Let me share some of the Bible with you real quick. I’m sure you know that Jesus was crucified on a cross publicly after He was beaten beyond recognition. Before His death, Jesus was nearly taken multiple other times, but He made His way out of sight of His attackers. The Religious leaders in the Temple were out to get Jesus! They wanted Him stopped! In other words, Jesus was being hurt by people in the religious organization. That’s kind of like when we’re hurt in the church. The difference though is many times when a Christian is hurt by someone in the church, that person ends up leaving the church. They use that as an excuse to detach themselves from the church sometime for years, and in some cases for the rest of their life. Jesus amazes me as to how He reacts to being hurt by the religious leaders. He still shows up in the Temple every time the doors are open. Wow! What in the world was He thinking? Why would He still go into the Temple knowing the people inside didn’t like Him?
In my life, I’ve realized after being hurt so many times, that if I were to skip church every time, I’d probably never go back. I’ve learned that my relationship with Jesus needs to be stronger then just words, and the opinions of others shouldn’t matter. When Jesus was hurt, He still went to the Temple to worship. We should follow His example and realize we’re there to worship Him.
Also remember that there’s only one difference between a Christian and a non-Christian. A Christian knows Jesus and loves Him. A non-Christian has more than likely heard of Jesus, but they don’t truly know Him. As a Christian, it’s your job to introduce them to the real Jesus.
To the person who has been hurt in the church, I’m sorry! Jesus still loves you. Just don’t let what or who hurt you keep you from God’s presence. Are you truly living a life that’s pleasing to God?
Jesus loves you!
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