"Well, Nobody's Perfect!"

When some folks want to excuse their personal imperfections (whatever they are), and make them acceptable, they sometimes say, “Well, nobody’s perfect!” This is far from what Paul meant in Romans 3:23 when he states, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” It is essential for us to recognize that we are sinners, and as such, cannot lay claim to any moral superiority over others (cf. Galations 6:1; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Corinthians 13:5).

As God’s forgiven people, we tend to forget that this is the foundation of our pleasing God, rather than any personal record, intelligence, or financial contribution (1 John 1:3-7). As soon as we begin to think and act as if we are spiritually perfect, we are headed for a severe “fall” (Proverbs 16:18; cf. Proverbs 18:12). As God’s children, we all need God’s word to guide us, because we are inadequate in plotting our own course through life (Jeremiah 10:23). We need to be reminded from time to time, of what Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:12, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Beloved, not one of us is spiritually or morally perfect, with the exception of our Lord (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5). Therefore, all of our efforts should be directed by His "will" (Matthew 7:21) and for His "glory" (1 Corinthians 10:31). Our trust must no longer be in ourselves, other men, or worldly philosophies, but solely and completely in Him who died for us (Romans 5:8; Romans 15:12).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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