Why do I love the church so much, even when she is a messy bride? I have a huge list of why I love the church, but I just want to share two things that immediately come to mind.
- The church is the pillar and ground of truth 1 Timothy 3:15
- The church does not belong to me, the church belongs to Jesus. Acts 20:28
Why are these two things important? Glad you asked.
Without a moral compass, such as the church, we will find that truth decays. Yes, we have many things we teach or have taught in error. However, teaching in error does not nullify those things which have held true since the inception of the church. Therefore, we must continue in truth as it is revealed to us by the Scriptures and the wondrous Holy Spirit.
The neat thing about this set up is that we do not own the church, but we grow the church. For some, this is difficult to grasp, for the rest of us this truth is sweet relief. We are happy to serve the church, but we could not pay the price for this bride.
Lastly, I would say that I love the church because Jesus loves the church. How can I not love that which He loves? Sure, the bride can be messy, but Jesus still loves us.
Continue serving the church. The churches mess becomes the message.