As much as I don’t care for Miley Cyrus,
I have to give her credit for the song “Nobody’s Perfect”…
There are currently an estimated 7+ billion people on Earth. Out of those 7+ billion, in addition to everyone that has passed away since the beginning of mankind, only one person could truly be called perfect. That perfect person was not Mother Theresa, the Pope, or Beyonce (yeah, there are people that actually think that XD ). Those people, even added to the possible thousands of others who have been considered perfect, cannot live up to the one and only perfect standard that is Jesus Christ.
“…because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth…”
-1 Peter 2:21-22
As Christians, we are supposed to model our behavior after Jesus, but how can we do so when Jesus is flawless? The truth is, we can’t. Humans, and yes, that includes Christians, are flawed. Even people who are born again through the salvation of Jesus Christ are going to backtrack, tread through the muddy waters of sin, and wallow in the aftermath of those actions. It’s absolutely impossible for any mortal being to live a pristine life without sin from the time of their birth until the time God calls them home; however, that’s not what He has called us to do. God calls us to be like Jesus, but not Jesus.
We can’t be perfect, but we can do our best to follow God’s guidelines 🙂
God’s Guidelines, straight from the Guidebook itself:
- “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” -Colossians 3:12-14
- “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” -Ephesians 4:32
- “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:19-21
- The Ten Commandments: (Exodus 20)
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
- Thou shalt not covet any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
These are just a few examples of the guidelines God has provided for us to live by; the Bible features many more instances of instructions that are meant to guide our Christian walk with God. Additionally, I know how hard it can be to attempt to live according to these standards, due to the fact that the world we live in is becoming more accepting of sin with each passing day. Nevertheless, we are called to live according to the true teachings of God, not the world’s interpretation of them. Therefore, if we truly want to please God and model our behavior after the perfect example of Jesus, we need to abide by God’s teachings rather than care what the world expects of us.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” -James 1:22-25
We’re going to slip up, we’re going to sin. We’re going to question our faithfulness to God. We’re going to beg God for forgiveness. God’s going to forgive us, as long as we do our absolute best to model our future behavior after His teachings and turn away from our sin. Be doers of the word, and turn away from the old man or woman you were that reveled in sin. We’re not going to live perfectly, but we can do our best to strengthen our relationship with God and our Christian walk.
Sorry this post was a day late by the way! XD
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