Are You Perfect?
This past week I was talking with someone who was being critical of another preacher. I expressed my unhappiness and disappointment about their comments. I ask them about the things in their life that wasn’t very savory. They had some things in their closet that they didn’t want anyone to know. They were quick to attack someone else but when they began to look at themselves they saw they were not perfect either.
As Psalm 130:3 says, “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” Aren’t you thankful for a Lord who forgives, forgets and favors us? He is a merciful God who extends His mercy to us. I think it would be great if we would extend mercy to those around us that may have made some mistakes or may have committed some sin but they sought the forgiveness of the Lord and He forgave them. Shouldn’t we follow His example and forgive too?
If we truly think about the Bible characters that are given to us as examples, we find many of them have flaws and things they did that were wrong. They sought the forgiveness of Jesus and He forgave them and they were better for the lesson they learned.
I look at Peter’s life and wish I could be like him but he made many mistakes and committed many sins in his life. Yet he received the forgiveness and mercy that Jesus extended to him. If we try to pretend that we are perfect we are just a phony. We have all failed and we have all done things we probably wished we could take back.
This next week why don’t we try and follow the example of the Christ who died for us and forgave us of all our sins. Let us look at our Christian brothers and sisters and forgive them just as Jesus forgave us. If the Lord was to mark down all our iniquities and keep a record, then none of us would be able to stand and be able to serve our Lord. But we have been washed in the blood of the lamb and we are all sinners saved by the grace of God.
Psalm 130:4 says, “But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” Yes the Lord forgives and we must fear Him but yet we can receive the wonderful forgiveness He extends to us.