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No Perfect People

One of the great things about reading the Bible is the absence of “perfect” people. Even Bible “heroes,” the people that God used in great ways, weren’t perfect. David, who was accurately described as a ‘man after God’s own heart,’ was responsible for writing significant portions of the book of Psalms, defeating God’s enemies, saving the Temple and uniting the kingdom of Israel.  He is also the one responsible for the loss of thousands of innocent lives, including the husband of the woman he committed adultery with.

No one (except Jesus) has ever lived a perfect life. We make mistakes. We confess and repent, and often, we make the same mistakes again! Living a Christ-like life isn’t easy no matter what our circumstances. But, it’s especially difficult if we are trying to do it alone.

Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”  A biblical definition of a fool is someone who knows what is right to do and chooses not to do it. The Bible tells us that it is right to seek the advice, counsel and encouragement of other Christians as we go through life. When we refuse to seek counsel from folks who are godlier than we are, it is usually because we know what they would say and it is contrary to what we want to do. Proverbs 27:17, however, reminds us that we are meant to sharpen one another just as iron sharpens iron. It’s the accountability that we find in other believers that enables us to truly make progress toward the life Christ has called us to live.


  • Is there something you are doing, or about to do, that needs a second opinion from someone godlier than yourself?
  • What decisions have you made in the past that you would have benefited from godly counsel? Where are you repeating these patterns today?

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