“Wisdom makes the wise person stronger than ten rulers of a city. There is certainly no one righteous on the earth who does good and never sins. Don’t pay attention to everything people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you, for in your heart you know that many times you yourself have cursed others.” -Ecclesiastes 7:19-20 CSB
This is one of those verses that is JAM packed full of goodness. The whole bible is great, but there are some verses that I feel like you can chew on for a week and get more and more out of. This is one of those meaty kind of verses. I am only going to focus on one angle of this verse and that is that we all fall short. Hence, the title of this post!
Yes, we all fall short.
I think that almost all of us know that we are not perfect and that we all miss the mark. But, there are sometimes where we can get caught up in how far we have come rather than who brought us the growth. On the other end of the spectrum, oftentimes we beat ourselves up so bad for NOT being perfect and falling short. Does either one of these resonate with you? Then keep reading!
There are two points I want to focus on in these verses:
- There is certainly NO ONE RIGHTEOUS on earth who does good and NEVER SINS
- When you feel like pointing out other people’s flaws, God gently reminds us of the times we have missed the mark.
If you have a relationship with God and Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you are righteous through the spotless blood of the lamb. You are in right standing with God. To think you are never going to slip up and miss the mark or never say a word you shouldn’t have, will quickly bring you to a place of perfectionism and condemnation. Which is not healthy!!! We are all at different places in our walk with God. Be careful not to compare, because comparison is a thief of joy. This verse in Ecclesiastes makes it crystal clear that you can be righteous and still miss the mark. Doesn’t that make you so thankful for God’s grace and mercy!? It is undeserved and unearned. Refuse to live from a place of condemnation and embrace the grace and mercy Jesus died for you to have. Do not get so caught up in what you’ve done wrong that you miss the freedom found through Jesus.
Has there been a time you where you feel like pointing out what others are doing wrong and how they have missed the mark? I think the end of this verse shows the heart of God and gives us a perfect situation to relate to.
We all have a time in our life where we have overheard someone talking bad about us. Ouch, I know it stings. The first thing our flesh wants to do is bring back the old us and show them who is boss and point out what they are doing is wrong. But, God shows us here when we try to point out what other people are doing wrong we are to remember the times we missed the mark. Because remember, NO ONE even if they are in right standing with God is perfect. Yes, we are covered in the blood of Jesus and we are forgiven. But be careful to not get caught up in what you’ve done, when in reality we would be no where without Jesus!
This is what makes God’s love so vast. He loves us despite our actions. He loves us because he is love. He is faithful because he is faithful and true. God does everything out of his abundance and WHO HE IS, rather than his love being based on what we have done or not done. We all fall short, however, God is there to clean up our mess and love us where we are at. We are all growing! Do not be too hard on yourself and do not be too hard on others. We are in this together! Despite if you have done either of these or maybe even both, God’s love for you remains the same. There is a very known verse in the bible that states “Give and it will be given back to you”. This is not only concerning money, but this concerns grace and mercy too! Want peace? Sow peace! Want love? Sow love! We all fall short, but GOD loves us right in the midst of our mess and we are to love other’s and our self with the same heart!
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