It's tempting to think that some people are more kind or patient by nature, but just as the sweetest dogs were taught their good behavior, we as flawed human beings must also be discipled. As believers, we are called not to subscribe to a religion, but to follow Jesus. When we fail to remember that our salvation means handing the reins of our lives over to God, we fall into selective discipleship. That is why we need the guardrails of community: to protect us and lead us back in the right direction when we go wrong. Community is not there to give us special treatment and cater to our preferences; the real gift of community is in true accountability, in seeing us exactly as we are and giving us the vision to see God's path in the places we are most blind.