We are all imperfect beings. Yet, ironically,subconsciously, we have this illusion that we along with others are perfect. I say that because we have expectation towards other and ourselves. How we should behave, how others should treat us, or how others should treat the poor and the sick, the blind and the disable, the pregnant lady. When these expectations are not met, we are frustrated. So that illustrate the point that we always forget that others , like ourselves, are imperfect.
This is important in our relationship with all those around us. Only when we remember that all of us are imperfect, that we learn to bear each others' weaknesses, as clearly said in the bible.
Only when we remember we are imperfect that we forgive others. We may not fail in one area like our friends, but we do fail in other areas. Having one penalty in driving offenses is enough to disqualify us from having a clean record. All of us are weak in different areas, hence, the bible teaches and remind us to bear with each other and forgive one another. And all these means love.
We talk about love all the time, love songs, romance drama, love stories. All of us are hungry and seeking for love, looking for what love means. It's clearly written in the bible, in love, we are willing to overlook others' imperfections. As quoted by someone, found by Rachel
Love is not blind
It sees more
And not less
But because it sees more
It is willing to see less
This brings us nicely to this video clip of agirl who was born with 4 fingers in total, yet become the greatest pianist. Her mother sees her as beautiful. Her love for her wasn't conditional. It's very moving.
An earthly mother can do so much for her daughter, overlooking her physical disability yet, deep down, she is just like any of us, if not stronger and happier. We complain about too many things in our life, which doesn't really matter after this life.
Our Heavenly father loves us beyond this. The bible says Love covers multitude of sin (1 peter: 4: 8), and this is what love is : not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Because He loves us, he overlooks our imperfection. He sees us as the apple of his eyes, nothing we can do to make him loves us more. It's his nature to love.
Because He loves us, he sets us free from selfishness, envy, greed, insecurities, fear. We no longer need to earn acceptance and love from others, we are already the object of an eternal love.
Because He loves us, he doesn't want us to be hurt by others' selfishness and self-centredness, He heals us from disappointment and fear. He reaches us when we hide in our failure and past.
Because i am loved, i no longer seek approval and earn your love. Because i am loved, i am no longer bitter when others do not meet my expectation. Because i am loved, i no longer demand from others, for i know, we are all imperfect.
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins"
1 peter 4:8