My little children, I am writing this to your so that you may not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (I John 2:1)
We don’t live perfect lives. No matter who we are or think we are, we are far from being perfect. Jesus underscores the standard of holiness as he taught on the sermon on the mount. In Matthew 5, we find that not only are we not to kill, we can’t be angry with someone. Not only are we not commit adultery, we can’t even lust. We cannot end our marriages, make promises we cannot keep, take revenge, nor hate even our enemies. Obedience to the Ten Commandments is one thing. Christ brings the law of Moses into a level in which further test our humanity. And he ends this portion of higher standard giving with the command, “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect (Matthew 5:48). We are given the command and standard. But, how many of us fail at this? And if we creatures of flesh find it impossible to be perfect, what hope do we have?
A Baptist hymn gives us these words, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Note the words; build, trust, lean, and stand. These are things that take conscious effort. Sin is a constant part of the human experience. Our calling is to live beyond human experience and become creatures of spirit. The Christ that gave us the command to be perfect not only judges us, he also gives us the cleansing power of his blood so that in repentance, we can pass the judgement. Therefore my friend, may we keep trying to do our best to build, trust, lean, and stand. If and when we fall, the blood will cleanse us as we repent, and strengthen us to face the other temptations that will come our way.
Brother Cyprian Bluemood