Two weeks ago I began preaching through the seven congregations of Asia Minor (Rev. 2-3). The churches at Smyrna and Philadelphia both share the distinction of receiving only praise from the omniscient Lord who addressed them. In my approach to the church at Smyrna one particular point of interest occurred to me. The fact that Jesus had no criticism, complaint or even a word of warning for that congregation did not mean that they were perfect. The simple reason is that all churches are made up of fallible human beings. It does mean that the majority, if not all, of the members were striving to please God. I wonder if the human element there was the same as with any congregation. These brethren worked to serve God, suffered tribulation, such as Jesus mentioned in Matthew 24:9, and endured the slander of those who claimed to be Jews, but were not (Rom. 2:28-29). Outside of these things I wonder if they did not demonstrate some of the same human foibles that are characteristic of us all. I wonder if the church at Smyrna had any who were opinionated or less than easy to get along with; any who might have failed to properly greet visitors, thus creating the impression that they were an unfriendly congregation; any who might have made some off-handed remarks that proved offensive to newer members; any who might have been late for services on occasion, or any who might have preached too long on any given Sunday. The letter to the church at Smyrna reminds me that the Lord may not have any complaint against a congregation even if people do.