Nobody’s Perfect

Nobody’s perfect. Isn’t that what everyone says? And it is almost true. After all, Paul told the Romans, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one,” later concluding, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). But some people apparently believe that by saying, “Nobody’s perfect,” it somehow excuses their personal imperfection and makes it acceptable.

This is far from what Paul meant. It is essential for all of us to recognize that we have sinned and therefore cannot lay claim to any moral superiority. We have sinned and must pay that price regardless of how small it may seem in comparison to others’ sin (Jas. 2:10).

Sadly, a people once forgiven can forget that this is the foundation of their pleasing God, rather than their own personal record, intelligence, or financial contributions. As soon as we begin to think and act as if we or anyone else is perfect, we are heading for a fall. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18). We all need God’s Word to guide us because we all proved inadequate in plotting our own course through life (Jer. 10:23). It is a shame that some people need to be reminded of their spiritual failures to keep returning them to a humble submission to God’s Word. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12).

Nobody is perfect except for Christ. Therefore, all of our efforts should be directed by His Will and for His glory. Our trust must no longer be in ourselves, in the world’s ideas, or in the men around us but rather solely and completely in Him who died for us

Kevin Rhodes


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