Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected;
but I press on,
that I may lay hold of that
for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended;
but one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind and
reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
I press toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
LORD Jesus we praise You for this wonderful new day, for the family that You have given us, for the friends that You have brought into our life, but, most of all, for the Love You are having toward us. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever discontentment arises within us; whenever we are looking back to the former things instead of reaching forward to the things ahead. Enable us, O God we plead, to press toward the heavenly goal and to trust that Your Plan and Purpose has always been, still is, and forever will be perfect and good. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.
Let’s face it: There is no such thing as a “perfect friend” on earth.
As Paul admitted, we will also have to admit, that we have not already attained or already reached perfection. This verse reminds me of someone who likes to say that, “Perfection only exists in Heaven.” In other words, as long as we are living on this earth, neither our friends, nor we ourselves, are perfect. But, as the next line above states: We press on, that we may lay a hold of that (perfection).
The Lesson to Learn From Verse 13
As women we are tempted to keep book of not only the good things in life but also of the things gone wrong. Oh, yes, we will remember, the place, the day, and the hour, when that specific incident happened! Forgiving a misbehavior against us, an unkind word or two, an improper reaction toward us or our loved ones… How could we (ever) forget, forgive what s/he has done to us?
It is so easy, isn’t it, to see just how many “faults” of our friends God could add to their account? How many times they have sinned against Him? Could He really forgive them?
Oh precious one, do you know just how many sins the LORD could add to your own account? How often have you sinned against Him? Could He truly forgive you?
Hebrews 8:12 says
FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR UNRIGHTEOUSNESS,
AND THEIR SINS
AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS
I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.
If a sister in Christ sins against you, you will need to rebuke her in love, and if she repents, you will need to forgive her (Luke 17:3) Then, move on in your friendship (no longer holding this mistake against her).
What if she wrongs you and does not repent of it nor does she ask you of your forgiveness? True, that is a tough one, however, to avoid growing a bitter root within yourself, you will have to forgive and forget. How? Prayer! That is the one and only way you can forgive someone who has hurt you in a very bad way. Healing will come, beloved!
Take your hurt, your disappointment, your worries—everything—to the perfect Friend called Christ Jesus the LORD today.