God Knows I'm Not Perfect

God Knows I'm Not Perfect

One day this month I received an email from my credit card company, notifying me of suspicious transactions on my account. Our credit card had fallen victim to agents of fraud. These people were at that moment running around California buying gasoline and pizza at an alarming rate. Our credit card’s fraud department suspended the card fairly promptly, and asked us to call in as soon as possible.

When I reached someone in Customer Service, I embarked on one of the most frustrating experiences I’ve had in a long time. The lady so expertly misunderstood everything I said that my husband suspected she was doing it on purpose, just to frustrate and annoy me. I honestly don’t think she was being so difficult on purpose, but the end result was achieved. I became aggravated to the point that my speech became condescending and rude.

I repented for this behavior in prayer but my actions on the phone that day still bothered me. I found myself thinking, “Is that how a Christian shines the light of Jesus?” or “Which fruit of the spirit was I using during that call?” Thankfully, I stumbled across the following passage in scripture.

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. - Hebrews 10:14 (NJKV)

My Nelson Bible Commentary says of this passage, “In this verse sanctification refers to the gradual process by which believers are being made more and more perfect.” This is a reminder to me that I’m not expected to be perfect. Through God’s help, I’m asked only to give myself fully to the process. God knows I will never reach this goal but He loves to be at work in me. This is a wonderful reminder to me of how patiently and mercifully God deals with me.

But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. – Psalm 86:15 (NKJV)

That Psalm was written by David. He also had some missteps in his life yet experienced God’s great mercy. I am so grateful to serve a God who helps me along each step of the way and graciously forgives me when I stumble.