If you’ve ever been in a conversation with somebody who believes they are perfect, and tells you they rarely or never make mistakes don’t believe the hype. In fact, believe your gut, which will probably tell you the person is lying to you and themselves. Why do people do this? Surely they cannot truly believe an untruth so grandiose? Maybe, they can. Sometimes, if you tell yourself something over and over again it can start to sound true.
This happens in romantic relationships, church relationships and more. Think about it. How many times have you made excuses for another’s bad behavior, including both adults and children? Even though all evidence points to other likely conclusions, we may choose to ignore them. We do this because sometimes the truth hurts so bad that living with lie seems better.
However, as for perfection, and humans, the two do not go together under any circumstances. For starters, nobody can do everything good or perfect all the time, or at any time for that matter. Simply put, every human ends up being a master of very few things in life, yet a jack of many trades. Essentially, being a master of something does not make one perfect in any aspect of whatever it is they have mastered. Somewhere along the way mistakes were made, even if not evident to most. And, that’s okay.
Making mistakes of some kind is inevitable. So, don’t beat yourself up too bad if you’ve made one, or some that you can’t seem to live down. Remember, “every mistake is a teaching moment.” The bigger the mistake the more you learn, if you are teachable. Let’s start the New Year off on a good foot with our Father by acknowledging mistakes, weaknesses and the need for help. There is no better place to find help than in the Bible. Scriptures are there to teach, guide and provoke us to do the right thing.
READ these Scriptures
Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Psalm 9:12
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Though he fall, he shall not be forsakes them will obtain mercy. Psalm 37:2
- Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
- Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
James 3:2 – For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.
Matthew 7:1 – Judge not, that you be not judged.
Philippians 3:13 – Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind.
Father, give me a warning signal before I engage in error, and the wisdom to know right from wrong. In Jesus name, Amen.