“Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”
If practice makes perfect… be very careful what you practice.
If you find a perfect church, don’t join it. If you have a perfect friend or relative, don’t ever speak to them again. There are no such people or churches. Eventually you will find a flaw. Sometimes that little crack in an otherwise perfect person disappoints us, and at other times devastates us.
I asked a Christian artist about some of the Christian artists that have fallen from very public ministries. His answer was quite unique; “They began to believe their own publicity.” We tend to place leaders, artist, TV personalities, politicians, pastors, and even friends on a platform to be admired, followed, copied, and worshiped. We believe the greater the gift a person has, the closer they are to the Lord. The more vast, higher, public platform the Lord places us for ministry; the more one must point to the one who placed us there and give him all the glory. It’s ok to smell the compliments, but don’t inhale.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?