“Therefore you are to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48. The first time I read this scripture I instantly felt defeated. I knew what kind of person I was and I knew I would never be perfect. As I cried out to God in desperation He showed me I do not have to try be perfect, but that my perfection is in Jesus Christ.
When I believed in Jesus for salvation and accepted that His shed blood was a covering for all my sins, I was made perfect in His eyes. When God looks at me He no longer sees Kristi the sinner but Jesus’ blood covering making me perfect in Him.
Now that doesn’t mean I can go around doing whatever I please without thought. Paul said in Philippians “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” This means God will continue to work in our lives, changing us into the image of Jesus until He comes back to get us.
I have found a perfect life is not one where you never sin or make a mistake, but one that has an open heart before God.
David had a real heart for God, in fact God even said he was a man after His own heart. We all know the story of David’s life and how he was not a perfect man, after all he was an adulterer and a murderer. What was it that made David so appealing to God? It was his heart attitude.
In Matthew 5 Jesus spoke of certain attitudes we need to display in our lives and even though David was carried away by his fleshly desires we can see in his life he usually displayed these same attitudes.
In Acts 13:22 God says of David, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart he will do all my will.”
David had a real heart to do God’s will no matter what it was. The attitude that impresses me the most was his quickness to repent. In 2 Samuel 12 David was quick to repent when Nathan confronted him about his sin.
To have a heart God loves you must be quick to repent of anything God tells you. To repent is not just saying I’m sorry but turning away from it and not going back. We do not hear of another time David committed these same sins.
Another pleasing attitude was his great faith. In his battle against Goliath he showed his faith in God was stronger than the naysayers. First his brother accused him, then the King said he was too young and inexperienced and Goliath made fun of his weapon. David strengthened his faith by remembering all the times God has been there for him, and defeated Goliath.
We should have this attitude for ourselves, not to be perfect but to be quick to repent and full of faith. God finds that heart attitude pleasing.