Jesus never committed a single sin. Let’s get that out of the way. He was sinless and therefore the ideal — and only possible — sacrifice in order to bring us forgiveness of our sins.
The title, “The imperfect Jesus,” reminds us to use Bible words with Bible meanings. Hebrews 5.9 states that Jesus was perfected by obedience. Here are verses 8-10: Continue reading “The imperfect Jesus”
In many ways, ambition can be spiritually crippling because it leads us to destroy whoever gets in our way. Yet, the spiritual principle of aspiring for that which is better is certainly admirable.
Anyone who endeavors to succeed in any field can do so by studying the best. We should always strive to move upward, never being satisfied. Continue reading “Why aspiring for perfection matters”
Andrew Murray prayed like this: “Teach us to believe that we can love, because the Holy Spirit has been given us.”/1
We don’t believe that we can love as God loved. We doubt that our love can be like the love of Christ. We discard the possibility of fulfilling this commandment of Christ: Continue reading “Believe that you can love as God loves”
When our children were young, we would often travel from Scotland down into England to visit friends. Inevitably, after an hour or so of travelling, one of our children would ask “Are we there yet?” They were tired of travelling and wanted to be able to get out of the car and play with their friends. Continue reading “Are we there yet?”
As was his custom, Jesus rose above the status quo. He spoke kindly to a Samaritan. He conversed with a woman in public view. He spent a few minutes with someone most Jews would have never talked to and in doing so converted one of his most effective missionaries. Continue reading The Perfect Missionary
“So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:48 NET
Nobody’s perfect. You’ll hear this cliché on the lips of saints and sinners, excuse-makers and mature disciples.
Our modern definition of perfect is to be without sin. And by that the phrase, “Nobody’s perfect” is correct, even though the use of it often seeks to get people off the hook and excuse sin. Continue reading “Be Perfect”