I Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it.
What does a Christian look like? Are they nicely dressed? Do they speak softly and move slowly? Do they not curse or swear or drink hard liquor? Do they never show any signs of worry or fear or anxiety, because others would think they are not trusting the Lord? What does a real Christian look like?
I tried so hard to fit into a certain Christian group, to not laugh too loudly or talk about TV shows that weren’t G rated. I tried to be kind to everyone, to be interested in others and encourage them through their struggles, but all to no avail. I am a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, and I have discovered I will never fit into that round hole, no matter how hard I try.
I am in a different Christian fellowship group now and I feel so thankful and blessed to be included with people that don’t judge others because they are different or because they are not perfect or because they are loud and silly like me. I thank my Heavenly Father for best friends that love me just the way I am, and even join in with my “square-peggedness” (if that’s even a word).
Each one of us is unique and beautiful in God’s eyes. We are all a part of the body of Christ. It is time we realize we are not all circles or even squares. We are octagons, triangles, moons, rectangles, and yes, circles and squares too. And that’s exactly how God made us to be.
We need to stop judging believers that are different from us. Enjoy them, learn from them, and accept them into your group. We are on this journey of sanctification together; learning how to be more like our Savior Jesus every day.
Accept who you are, embrace your “square-peggedness” if that’s who you are and be thankful that God made you that way. Step away from believers that make you feel less-than or inadequate or unaccepted. Find some new friends that love you just the way you are.
I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you.
Prayer: Help me Father to accept people with all of their different personalities, to love brothers and sisters in Christ no matter where they are in their Christian walk. If I do see a sister or brother stumbling in sin, help me gently come beside them in grace and love and point them back to you. I love you Father. Amen.