Are you already perfect? We all fall short of perfection, but none of us enjoy having our faults pointed out. This is one reason why some people have a difficult time with religion. But the Bible has a loving solution for self-improvement.
“As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one;'”
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and vile in their ways; there is no one who does good.”
None of us really enjoy hearing that we have shortcomings. But we all do and sometimes we are the last to be aware of them – if ever.
In the Bible, both the New Testament (in Romans) and the Old Testament (in Psalms) make the point that human beings are inherently flawed.
Even though the majority of us like to think of ourselves as good people, most of us have moments of anger. We can lose control of our words or have less-than-perfect thoughts. We sometimes hurt other people, even if we don’t mean to.
The main point here is that there is no human being who has ever been born or will be born that does not sin.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
There is a modern belief that says: “People are basically good.” But are they really? It seems more obvious that people are basically selfish. It is very common that when people are under pressure – self-interest rules.
According to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and the concept of survival of the fittest, all species focus on self-preservation. A certain amount of selfishness is built into this.
The Bible says all human beings are born sinners.
Pastor John MacArthur said: “Our children should be the greatest empirical proof of original sin. After all, we don’t have to teach them to lie, throw tantrums, or be selfish—they are all born with ready-made expertise in sinning.”
“Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.”
We used to hear phrases like “nobody’s perfect” or “everybody makes mistakes” or “we all have our flaws.”
But a growing movement of people today does not want to think of themselves as less-than-perfect or having any flaws. There is a type of thought today that believes we are perfect the way we are. Some people even believe they are their own god.
Postmodernist thinking believes that truth is subjective rather than objective. In other words, what is true for the individual is the ultimate truth, rather than objective truth that looks at facts and whether something is either absolutely true or absolutely false. Individuals can claim their own truth, and that is why you hear people today saying things like “my truth,” as if it exists separately from the rest of the world.
Let’s also remember that we are not talking about minor or petty problems here, such as one’s appearance or weight, we are talking about flaws in thinking, attitudes and behaviors. Personality issues that bring harm to ourselves and others around us.
The problem with modern thinking is it espouses that we have no flaws. This leaves no room for improvement. If we are perfect, there is nothing to change and there are no problems with ourselves that we need to fix.
This is in stark contrast to the above Bible verse that reminds us to accept that we have our flaws and goes on in the verses that follow to encourage us to improve ourselves.
“We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.”
– James 3:2
The above verse represents the goal we should set. It begins by reminding ourselves that we have flaws we need to work on.
“We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.”
– Colossians 1:28
The best self-help book ever written is the Holy Bible. Trough the teachings of the Bible, we gain God’s wisdom, and in so doing, we move toward true perfection.
In life, a true friend is the one that tells you what you need to hear, not what they think you want to hear. The Bible is that same kind of true friend.
The Bible reminds us that whatever is less-than-perfect within us can be changed. God created us and loves us. God knows every human being is fixable. His word, the Holy Bible, serves as a guiding document to show us how to live a more righteous life and be a better human being. When we accept God and return His love – then and only then – are we on the path toward a greater perfection.
We need Jesus Christ as our Savior because we are flawed. If we were perfect, there would have been no reason for Jesus Christ to come and sacrifice Himself for our sins. Christ’s mission is to teach us how to shed our imperfections and to perfect our way of thinking, which then influences everything we do.