Meditations for Christians Who Try to Be Perfect

Meditation for Friday October 24, 2014

by Joan Webb

Accepting Our Human Frailties

2 Corinthians 13:4: "...[Jesus] was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live.."

"I hate weakness," I said to my colleague. Other people's lack of commitment irritated me. The inability of management to carry through on the dismissal of an employee exasperated me. My own decreasing stamina unsettled and concerned me. If I admitted my weakness it would prove I was fallible just like everyone else. That was unthinkable. "Of course, I can cut it," I told myself. "I'll just try harder."

While here on earth, Jesus lived with the same restrictions that we face. He was limited by time, space, hunger, exhaustion and a human body. We may dislike our human frailties and limitations, but we cannot alter the fact that they exist. Trying to make our surroundings, ourselves, and others perfect is a certain stress builder.

It may take some time for us to learn to accept our human imperfections and weakness. Because Christ lived on this imperfect earth, he understands our frustrations. By the power of his death and resurrection, we can experience God's working in our human frailties.

Lord, I'm a limited human being
living in an imperfect world.
Help me to accept my weaknesses
and the power you offer me.

Copyright Joan C. Webb

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