Ministry 4 Men and Families
Dealing with Imperfect
Truth without grace is brutal and destructive and can result in tearing away the value and identity of the person receiving the truth being given. Grace without truth is hypocrisy and is often the way people justify living life their way in their understanding, determining what is permissible and what is not. As a follower of Christ neither of these reflects honor and respect for the God who first loved us so much that He sent His Son to die in our place so that we could live.
The root of all criticisms and judgment of our self and others is the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The world has taught us how to look for the wrongs in others so that we can feel good about our own shortcomings. To be critical of others is a tool of the adversary using performance as a measuring stick for our own self-righteousness. This takes our eyes off of Jesus and His goodness and puffs us up over our own perception of our goodness.
We are to love one another as God; the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, love each of us. There is no one church, ministry or person who is doing everything right. This is for two reasons.
1) We live in a fallen world and none of us are ever free from the influence of the nature we are all born with before our first physical death where the soul permanently leaves the body behind to return to dust.
2) No one person, ministry or church is capable of demonstrating the completeness and the fullness of our God. The whole body of Christ coming together in unity provides a more complete representation of our infinite God.
The Holy Bible tells us that perfect love, God’s kind of love, covers over a multitude of sins. The debt of all of our sins has been paid in full. There is nothing left for us to do. Jesus has done it all. Our part is to receive the forgiveness, the mercy and grace our awesome, powerful and perfect God has given to each of us. Our imperfections no matter how large or small do not change this.
This does not mean we do nothing to grow into the complete person our God has made us to be. On the contrary we are to diligently work out our salvation, bringing to the surface in our walk and our talk the holiness and righteousness we have been given as a gift. A gift each of us freely wears all the time as a believer in Jesus, as Lord. This gift does not diminish in any way due to our choices and our behavior. In fact it is a true gift not dependent on us at all, but on God alone.
As we walk humbly with our God we are learning, being disciplined – being taught God’s way over our own - how to overcome in our life our own issues and the challenges our body and soul carry. Jesus tells us to take the plank out of our own eye so that we might see clearly to help our brother with the speck in their eye. The more we work on our own spirituality, our growing oneness with God; it is amazing how much it seems the people around us have changed.
May each of us love our neighbor and love our God with His light showing us the way. May we also trust the God in each of us, our brothers and sisters, to complete His good work in them and ourself each and every day.