3:240 – You’re Not Perfect. Neither Am I.
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Yesterday, I was facilitating a class on women’s health and we were discussing LGBTQ issues along with women’s anatomy. Some people were tiptoing around words as they didn’t want to saw the wrong word. I eased their minds and said we all make mistakes and it’s ok. We correct in kindness and learn.
Today, I was in a meeting and one of the people missed a couple things while reviewing a document. He apologized up and down for it. I later made a similar mistake. We all make mkstak s and it’s ok. We correct in kindness and learn.
I see people chastising each other for wrong word choice. Let me pause here, there is saying an inappropriate word while knowing the connotation and saying the words and not. These are different situations. Here’s the thing, we all do. We should correct in kindness and learn.
None of us are perfect. We shouldn’t even try. When we mess up, we should be open to learning why and correct. When we see someone else mess up, we should help them in kindness and on a one on one situation. Nothing is gained by trying to defame or ridicule.
Jesus is the only one who was perfect. We aren’t. When we accept that, we can realize we mess up everyday, and because of his forgiveness, we can learn and try better next time.
- Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
- Galatians 6:1 – Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
Ok, no one is perfect. If we think we are, then we are lying to ourselves. If we expect others to be perfect, the. We don’t understand what being human is all about.
Now, just because we aren’t perfect doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to be better. It also doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work to help one another improve.
In fact, we are supposed to help each other be better. Our Galatians text states it perfectly: “you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness”.
Are you a spiritual person? Do you believe in our Lord Jesus? If you do, then you should restore (teach and help) in a spirit of gentleness (love, kindness, and understanding). I’ve been correct when saying something wrong that I thought was ok. A friend explained why it was hurtful and I haven’t used that term since. No harm, no foul.
The key is she corrected me with love, gentleness, and understanding and I’ve accepted it.
Leaving off tonight, think about how the world would be if we corrected in kindness and gentleness.
Has someone done something that ticked you off recently? Did they use a term or a phrase that was offensive? Could it be that they didn’t understand why it was hurtful? Try, in a one on one conversation, to approach the person and explain why it can be hurtful. If they don’t respond in gentleness, then let it go.
Lord Jesus, you are the only perfect person ever. Help us to be more like you. You knew we couldn’t be perfect and need your forgiveness. Help us to forgive those who treaspasses against us as you forgive our treaspasses. Your people are divided. Help unite us through live and gentleness. We need this, Lord. Thank you. In your name, Amen.