We have all said, “I’m only human,” or (my favorite), “nobody’s perfect,” as if to say no one is held to the standard of right and wrong. While we are all prone to make mistakes, we still must strive to do better and be better.As humans, we have a basic innate knowledge of right and wrong; good and bad. And even though we may know what’s right, we seem to be bent on doing wrong. You never have to teach a child to tell a lie, its in him. Babies don’t learn to steal things and then hide what’s stolen, its in her. Calling these mistakes, makes it sound as if sin (or the violation of God’s standard of right) is not intentional. So let’s be honest, 9 out of the 10 sins we commit are on purpose, and we know full well the behavior is wrong. So these are fundamental character flaws. In other words, none of us (and I do mean NONE of us) are as good as we think. Even the best of us. Citing our humanity is no excuse for the choices we make.
The truth is that while we are all human and often screw up, we always have choices. We will never eliminate the temptation to do the wrong things, but if we are in Christ, we never HAVE to do the wrong things. Paul says in his letter to the church at Corinth: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, New American Standard Bible)
Even though this post seems condemning, here’s the encouragement. If I own up to it, God will get me through it; and it doesn’t matter when I own up. Whether it be in the temptation or after I fall, God has given me a way out! If we could learn to rest in the power of the Holy Spirit, perhaps we could overcome being human.
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