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Living With Our Imperfections

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True, we're not perfect, but we are suppose to strive for it (Matt. 5:48). So, how do Christians, who still live in the flesh and awaiting to be translated into perfection, live? It starts with the heart.

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Living With Our Imperfections

  1. 1. Living With Our Imperfections Working on our imperfections through our thoughts, speech, and behavior.
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>With great glory God’s faithful will leave this world, translated into perfection with all the saints. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We must live in this world with all our imperfections among the saints. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s wisdom and test of our faith demands that we strive – in unity – for perfection. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>While we strive for unity, however, we are continually beset by the very flaws we wish to rid: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pride, jealousy, envy, selfishness, covetousness, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is because we live in the flesh that we struggle in our relationships here on earth – even with those we are striving to be with for eternity. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>It is important, therefore, that we take a sobering look at our hearts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are our thoughts for or against each other. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do we speak about and/or toward each other. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do we do for or against each other. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Our Thoughts Toward Each Other <ul><li>As a man thinks in his heart, so he is . Prov. 23:7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While our thoughts do not always manifest itself outwardly…they do reveal the kind of hearts we possess. Matt. 15:19-20a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversely, we need to dwell anything worthy of praise. Phil. 4:8 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Our Thoughts Toward Each Other <ul><li>Thus, our thoughts must be centered around the love we have before God and others. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Because we live in the flesh we must work diligently against the flesh. Cp. 1 Cor. 13:4-7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to have a spirit of patience before patience is manifested. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need a spirit of kindness, longsuffering, etc… thinking the best of/in others. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Our Speech Toward Each Other <ul><li>Out of the abundance of the heart a man speaks. Lk. 6:45 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Those with a good and noble heart (Speak the truth and sincerity). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Those with a good heart speak openly and forthrightly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some, to hide an evil heart, speak words of hypocrisy. Prov. 23:7 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Our Speech Toward Each Other <ul><li>The necessity of godly speech toward each other. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Because we live in the flesh our speech is not always as it should be. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to work hard at having speech seasoned with grace . Col. 4:6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to use our tongues to edify one another. Eph. 4:29 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Our Behavior Toward Each Other <ul><li>As our speech goes, so goes our behavior. Jas. 3:13-18 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Living in the flesh it is easy to become angry, indifferent, or uncaring. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loving behavior however, seeks the best to help others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As Christians living in a world full of sin and sorrow, it is easy to behave when all is well, but the real test comes when we are tried in difficult circumstances. Jas. 1:2 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Our Behavior Toward Each Other <ul><li>While in this world of imperfection we need to exemplify godly behavior. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We must be careful in how we behave in the household of God. 1 Tim. 3:15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our actions should always be to lift each other up, not tear each other down. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Because what we sow here on earth (among the saints) we will reap for eternity. Matt. 7:17-21 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>While we may technically never be perfect we must strive for it until we are perfected. </li></ul><ul><li>When we sin against our God or one another, repentance/lack thereof will show what kind of people we are. </li></ul><ul><li>All brethren, however, must be loving and patient with one another through our imperfections as we strive together to serve the Lord. </li></ul>

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