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Human Imperfection

Human Imperfection

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Human Imperfection

Ecclesiastes 7:20

20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

  1. It should produce a personal humility.
    • The truth about our sinfulness.
  1. It should help us see others and their sins differently.
    • The tendency of humanity is to condone in ourselves what we condemn in others:
    • We are to examine ourselves. (2 Corinthians 13:5)
  1. It should teach us to avoid thinking of people more highly that we should.
    • People are people…and all have sinned, will sin, and do sin.
    • The phrase “without sin” is used only of Jesus in the Bible. (1 Peter 2:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15)
    • We are to follow after people only when they follow Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 3:17)
  2. It should make us realize our dependence on God’s grace through Christ.
    • Paulʹs writings abound in statements praising Godʹs grace. (Romans 3:24; 5:8-11; 7:24-25; Ephesians 2:1-9; Colossians 1:21-22; Titus 2:11-12)
    • When we come to realize our own sinfulness, we recognize there is no room at all for pride.  (1 Corinthians 1:30-31)
  1. It should cause us to develop certain elements of our character.
    • Vigilance.
    • Confidence.
    • Patience.