We mess up a lot as humans, don’t we? We don’t measure up to our own expectations, nor the expectations of others. We gossip, we lust, we lie, we cheat. We think terrible thoughts about our neighbors, and we speak with malice behind their backs. We make promises and break them. We say we’re sorry, but then we do it again the next day. And further, it is almost certain that we will continue to encounter and participate in such sinful behavior until our last days on earth. (Trust me, I’m going somewhere with this…)
Despite knowing the above, I feel it should be refreshing to most of us to know that we are expected by God to be imperfect. Phew! No pressure. Now, I don’t mean it is okay to continuously and knowingly sin without regard. But, I am saying don’t beat yourself up trying to “Keep up with the Christians”, so to speak. Just because they sin less or differently, doesn’t make them any better than you. And to the proud, just because you sin differently or less than your neighbor, doesn’t make you a better person, nor closer to God. In fact, we all miss the mark. We are sinners because of the sinful nature of this world that has been born into our hearts. He KNOWS we won’t measure up to Him, nor could we ever do so by our own efforts, and yet he still loves us anyway. He loves us so much he gave us a way out of being tried and punished to Hell (the absence of Him and His love) via His Son’s death on the cross.
We can become better humans if we compare ourselves to Christ (instead of someone else) and follow Him fully and faithfully. We should be aspiring to be more like Jesus while we exist on earth.
Check out Romans 3:22-23 NIV: “22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (via biblehub.com)
Friends, we may mess up tomorrow, and the next day. As God’s saved children we need to recognize we are sinning, confess to the Lord, ask Him for his forgiveness, and continue on. Keep fighting the good fight.