Psalm 62:5-7 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
A very common error exists within the church. It is the error of placing divine expectations upon one another. Whenever we place sinless, flawless expectations upon any human being, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment and that individual for a fall. We all fail in judgment or in the carrying out of our Christian callings and vocations. There is no perfect spouse, pastor, worship leader, or church. That is why we all need the grace and forgiveness of God. That is why we are taught to forgive one another 70×7. That is why we are taught to walk in the love of Jesus.
That is not to say that we let everything that is sinful slip under the radar. It is saying that whenever there is a manifestation of imperfect judgment or course of action, we don’t drop the “I’m out of this marriage” or “out of this church” attitude. David declared that his expectation was from God. Now try placing the name of your spouse, children, parents, pastor, worship leader, etc. in this context: “My expectation is from __________.” It doesn’t fit does it? It is impossible. Then why do we insist that it does fit or is possible?
Beloved, there is only One Savior in the body of Christ. There is only one perfect Counselor. There is only one sinless One, and that is Jesus. May we grant unto others in the body of Christ the very same grace, longsuffering, kindness, and love that Jesus grants us. Stop making marriage or the church a “No Failure Zone”. God will use those imperfections in others to develop agape love in our midst and conform us into the image of Christ.