I don’t know who first said “nobody’s perfect” (and apparently neither does Google), but he or she must have been pretty smart. Because, it does indeed seem that no one is perfect. We are all flawed in some way. Our imperfections show in so many areas of our lives. Our attitude, our choices, our behavior and our performance all speak to our imperfection in some way or another. And, almost all of us understand and accept this. Or do we?
It seems as if we all accept that no one is perfect, but we often demand that others be perfect. If nobody’s perfect, then that means there are no perfect people. And, if there are no perfect people, that means there are no perfect spouses, no perfect children, no perfect parents, no perfect teachers, no perfect athletes, no perfect neighbors, no perfect nurses, no perfect servers, so on and so forth.
Now before you think I am justifying anything and everything under the banner of “nobody’s perfect,” I’m not. And, I’d encourage you to quit excusing away your behavior under that banner as well. We may not be perfect, but we can strive to be better. Paul puts it this way, “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means!” (Romans 6:1-2, ESV)
What I am trying to encourage us to do in light of all of our obvious imperfections is to show a little more grace. If God has poured His grace into our lives because we have sinned and fallen short of His glory (Romans 3:23), should we not at least try to demonstrate the same kind of grace towards other imperfect people? I’m not talking about justifying someone’s misdeeds or enabling them to continuing perpetrating them. I’m simply reminding us that as imperfect recipients of God’s grace, we would do well to show grace to other imperfect people. It may make a huge difference in their lives. It definitely will make one in ours.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)