Originally Posted August 16, 2015
“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” ~ John 8:7
Raise your hand if you’ve never sinned. Okay, so I can’t see you, but no one should be raising their hand right now. We have all sinned.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 says:
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
So why do we expect perfection from one another? From ourselves?
Perfection is something that is thrown at Christians from fellow Christians and non-Christians alike. Fellow Christians use it to shame us into being “better” Christians and non-Christians use it against us to prove that we’re hypocrites, liars, or just plain wrong in our beliefs. I believe the reason we see the lack of perfection in others is because of the lack of perfection in our own lives. Many times we will recognize the faults in others that mirror our own personal flaws, sometimes going so far as to finding faults that don’t even exist in others. This inner struggle is something we all have to work on through prayer and petition to the Lord.
Perfection is not possible, so why do we try so hard to be perfect or at least portray perfection? Maybe we should take a step back and dissect the only thing we can control: ourselves.
Today, when you start to criticize someone, try to see their beauty as God sees them and keep your negative thoughts (and words) to an absolute minimum. Also, when you look in the mirror, give yourself a compliment – don’t allow your imperfections to bring you down. God loves you and those around you just the way you are, the way He made you.
Can we all be better? Yes. Will we all fall at times? Absolutely.
Do you struggle with perfection, either internal or external? What have you done to try to give yourself and those around you grace?
With Love & Light,