December 29, 2016

Imperfect


I met Karen, a new believer, who had the impression that I am perfect because I have been saved a long time. We had met for lunch when I casually mentioned how my husband and I had a disagreement earlier about finances. I shared with her that before I left my house to meet her for lunch, I said harsh and unkind things to my husband, and now was feeling guilty and needed to make it right when I was home again.

Karen surprised me when she said she was happy to know I was human, after all. Because she is a new believer, much of our conversation had been about discipleship and helping her to learn about the Bible, but we hadn’t moved to the practical side of life yet.

I am glad our conversation stirred us in that direction, since it’s very important for new believers to know that those of us who have been walking with the Lord a long time - we are not anywhere near perfect. We do get mad at our spouses and other people. We experience anger, and are guilty of harshness, unkindness, and other failings quite often.

I am glad she saw my imperfection. I think she was relieved to learn she didn’t have to be perfect for God to continue loving her.

As we continued to enjoy our meal, we had a long talk about how God’s Spirit indwelling the believer brings conviction when we do something wrong. The Holy Spirit also convicts us to be sorry for our actions and apologize to the person we mistreated.

Our discussion reminded us both that we truly are sinners saved by grace, and that our desire is to be perfected and be more like Christ every day. 

Philippians 3:12   
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.