Here’s something none of us want to hear, we are imperfect people.
We lie. Yes, it could be a white lie, but also it could be a flat-out ugly lie. Either way, it’s still a lie.
We cheat. We take a small something from the office, and we fudge on our taxes. We cheat on our spouses through adulterous relationships, porn, or fantasy.
We are selfish and manipulative. Just look at social media; it’s all about me, myself, and I.
We are self-loathing and angry people. We don’t like what we see in the mirror, so we get mad. We don’t like how people treat us, so we treat others poorly.
We are perfectly imperfect people.
The Bible says, “all sin and fall short of the glory of God.” Not one of us can escape our imperfections. We have a sinful nature. That’s the bad news.
The Bible also says, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and forgives us of our sins and purifies us from all unrighteousness.” That’s the good news.
It’s true; we are perfectly imperfect. It’s also true that our perfect God loves us and will forgive us. And through His love, we can experience tremendous change.
WE CAN CHANGE
We can learn from Him as we read His Bible, pray to Him, grow and connect with His people. We can become more like Him. We can change. We can begin to live out what is called “The Fruit of the Spirit,” of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23) in our lives.
So, while it is true that we are perfectly imperfect people, we have a perfectly perfect God who loves us, accepts us, and wants us to grow in such a way to become more like Him.
That’s good news! So let’s be okay with our perfectly imperfect lives and bask in our God’s perfect love for us.
Be honest and assess your perfectly imperfect life.
Ask God to help you overcome the destructive actions in your life.
Get accountability partners you can trust to talk about your imperfections and help you overcome them.
Confess your sin.
Memorize Galatians 5:22-23 and get excited about the positive possibilities that can take place in your life.
David Towner is an author and has been the senior pastor of The Harbor Church in Odessa, Fl, for twenty-three years. He is the author of Today Is My Favorite Day. David is married to his wife, Tonya. They have three beautiful girls and four fantastic grandsons.