Encounter with Jesus – January 12

January 12

Holy character

Matthew 9.11-13

There is a misconception that Christians should be perfect. To make others believe that we have a perfect life, there are those who make a happy face and use words that sound acceptable. However, salvation through the Lord Jesus does not change the fact that sin is present in our lives. When we are born again, God forgives us; but our battle with sin will continue until we get to heaven.

Actually, striving for perfection can be a trap that will prevent us from living in holiness. Functioning that way is a way of trusting our abilities. Jesus said that He came to heal those who recognized their own weakness. By being aware of our incompetence, we understand our need for Him.

The world sees successful people as powerful and self-reliant, but the Lord Jesus was not interested in those characteristics. Instead, He wants the person to be aware of their humiliation. This is the basic principle of holy character.

We must recognize our condition and seek God with passion. So that we can increase our hunger for God’s Word, our faithful service, our faith, and the wisdom to make decisions based on biblical precepts and not personal preferences.

Be careful not to hide your sins to appear like a “good Christian.” Without acknowledging and confessing our sinfulness, we cannot fully trust God. It is only with this conscience that we can seek Him, obey Him, and confess our faults with repentance.

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