Carolyn’s Online Magazine
IMPERFECT PEOPLE: A DEVOTION
SCRIPTURE: “Who can say, I have made my heart clean. I am pure from my sin?” Proverbs 20:9, KJV
If we claim to be sinless, we are self-deceived and strangers to the truth.” 1 John 1:8, NEB
REFLECTION: It’s easy to examine our lives and believe we are sin free. But, being human, we cannot be sinless. At worst we commit socially and Biblically condemned sin: murder, rape, theft. At best, we do what we set out not to and don’t do that which we want to do, according to Paul in the New Testament.
I too am guilty. I set out to recognize my family and friends by sending them cards on special occasions. I want to visit them, to help them with things they can’t do. I want to remember their names. In the community I want to do something about the homeless, the widows, the downtrodden. But these things I don’t do.
I don’t want to hurt people, to be late to events, to embarrass anyone. I don’t want to watch my elderly neighbor walk to the store to get her groceries, to put my head in the sand when confronted with a problem. I don’t want to break my promises. But these things I do.
I can compound these sins by allowing them to immobilize me, by seeing myself as an “awful” person. However, I know by being a Christian that my sins can be forgiven and I can move on, working to change the patterns of my life, and, allowing God to use my actions to benefit others’ lives.
Jesus and the Father know we are human: imperfect and unable to attain perfection without God’s help. Yet we are to be the best people we can be, and to rest in the assurance that one day we will be glorified.
PRAYER: Lord, help me move toward perfection, while allowing my imperfection to do your good work.