There is no perfect faith. There is perfect love.

There is no perfect faith. There is perfect love. The more I delve into the word of God the humbler (I'm not sure this is a word : )) I get. My spirit is constantly convicted and I am reminded to have a contrite spirit. Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. You see friends if we were perfect we wouldn't need saving. We wouldn't need forgiveness. We would be perfect people in a perfect world where everyone would get along and life would be for lack of a better word perfect.

But we all know that the opposite is true. We live in a world filled with hatred, anger, sexual immorality, jealousy, pride and every evil thing you can think of. So the need for a savior is always there. I find it funny when 'church' folk are so quick to call out 'sinful' people and to condemn them. It is such a pretentious disposition because our natural inclination is to sin. Remember how Paul struggled with this and he puts it so well:

Romans 7:18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

While these verses are not a fall back or an excuse to do what we want they are encouraging because they remind us to go back and repent so that our faith is perfected by the love of Christ.

In the book of Jeremiah we see God saying that he tests the mind and searches the heart but first we see an acknowledgement of the nature of our hearts. 
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10 “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

This is so scary to me and yet it's not up to me how much I can reveal to God. I am an open book to him, he is my maker so he knows all things concerning me even my innermost things. He knew me before my days begun. So unlike a therapy session where I would reveal what I want in this case He sees all things. The good, the bad and the ugly.

This makes me cringe because as Jeremiah says the heart is deceitful and desperately sick. If you lead your life with your heart as most people would say 'follow your heart' you may find yourself in a very precarious position. I digress. The point is even the Lord knows how sinful our nature is.

So the constant call to repentance and to returning to him is so that when he searches our hearts, he will find a contrite spirit. A person who is aware of who they are and their need for redemption. The word of God says that behold I am making something new. So you see friends a perfect person would not need redemption and they would not need renewing. They would not need Jesus.

We are all so far from perfection and this is something that should cause us to celebrate the cross even more, knowing that everyday we are the redeemed. Mark 2:17 "Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do need one. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners." Jesus said he did not come to come to call the righteous, but the sinners. Let's accept our nature to default towards sin and draw near to God. Let's be aware of our imperfect nature and draw towards a perfect God.

Listening is loving...

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