Often the very people we treasure the most will be the people who hurt us the most. This truth is why the rate of broken families in America is a sad commentary on our Christian nation.
What have believers in Christ done with encouragement or exhortation? It is sad that God’s children do not encourage ALL their brothers and sisters in Christ, when they have the opportunities to do so—sad that so many believers, instead, think it is okay to pick and choose the people they will give support to, give hope to, give help to, show love to, inspire, strengthen, and etcetera.
There are far too many members and/or visitors in today’s “insitutional” churches who behave abominably. This ungodly behavior is a sign of the times.