“No one is likely to experience real church life without times of hurt, disappointment, or rejection. Those who overcome these by growing in love, patience, forgiveness, etc., can make huge strides forward in their spiritual lives. Those who allow hurt, frustrations, or disappointments to dictate their courses will likely go from defeat to defeat, shipwreck to shipwreck, until they resolve to be over-comers instead of being overcome by these things.” – Rick Joyner
If you are in a local church, and I hope you are, you will experience both joy and pain at the hands of other believers. Raise your hand if you have been blessed by others in your church. Now, raise your hand if you have been hurt by or disillusioned with others in your church. When we experience the hurt part, there is a tendency to run and never darken the door again!
I know many people who have turned away from the church after painful experiences. I understand, more than I wish I did! Yes the church is filled with brokenness and imperfection, but I am still convinced that the local church is the primary means of forming believers and setting them on a pathway to spiritual maturity.
I must admit that I have been hurt by the church and I have hurt people in the church. I’ve tried to learn from my mistakes and be a healer and not a “hurter”.
Be careful about assigning to God the “mess-ups” of His children. God did nothing to you, people did! Don’t give up on the church! Please don’t. I think there are many grace-filled, caring, loving and forgiving people in most churches. Seek them out. Spend time with them. If you have really made an effort, and cannot find them, then find another church. God thought the church was a good idea. I want to be a part of anything that has been blessed and created by Him. Don’t give up on the Church! Even God is often pained by its behavior yet He doesn’t give up on His Church and for that I am grateful!