Before I begin, I would like to thank you when you give me honest feedback. I read your replies and when I see that I’ve gotten a little preachy, which I honestly do not want to do, or you feel as though my emotions are running a bit high, I am humbled and grateful.
There was a time that I was too proud to look in the mirror and see my short comings…aka sins. When I dismissed my trespasses, I found that it was quite a cowardly act as well. I wasn’t sure what to do about that. When I had this pride thing going on it regressed my spirituality and the wisdom I thought I had…if any at all. I knew it was keeping me from growing as a Christian but I was too lazy to change from concentrating on material things instead of my spirit.
Bishop Fulton Sheen was quoted as saying:
“Far better it is for you to say: “I am a sinner,” than to say: “I have no need of religion.” The empty can be filled, but the self-intoxicated have no room for God.”
It’s like anything in life. I had to face it, admit it, and pray about it. After my epiphany I realized what wisdom was. I was excited to spread the word but began going about it recklessly. I finally developed patience and let God show me the way. I like the fact that, now, any transgression, however small, I recognize as a sin. It would be unrealistic to think I could ever be seek perfect, but to seek perfection is something I’m called to do.
James 1:4 And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
When Jesus in, Matthew 5:48 calls us to be perfect just as our heavenly Father is perfect, means to me to become whole and complete with God. That’s the wisdom I began to understand. (I used to shrug that verse off thinking that it was way beyond anyone’s reach.) Perseverance in becoming sinless is something I strive for. Again, I know it’s a truly difficult task, but I’m up to the challenge and will never look back.