I dream of the day when I can look around and see no fingers pointing at me. There would be no gossip or slander against me. There would be no broken hearts or testimonies of pain that I had caused. Honestly, I don’t see myself as a “bad person” but I am definitely not blameless! The Bible tells about Noah and Abraham and their righteous ways. I hear the words of Mary and Elizabeth and see their blameless lives and I’m filled with admiration. The fact that Noah built an ark as instruction from God and was miles from any body of water and had never seen rain fall from the sky sounds deranged to me. He didn’t question God but simply followed his instructions with obedience. Blameless! Abraham was fully dedicated to God’s cause and to serve Him. He obeyed the orders to kill his own son. Imagine the scene and the thoughts going through his head and the pain he must’ve felt for what he was about to do. Abraham had nothing to hide and he walked upright for God. He had a close relationship with his Lord which led to a blameless walk.
I want to be blameless! I pursue a life where I cause no pain and I live for God with all of my actions and purpose. Psalm 15:2 answers perfectly to who may dwell in the Lord’s sanctuary is he whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken. Noah, Abraham, Job, Lot, and Zacharias lived without reproach and didn’t create stumbling blocks for others to fall or turn away from Christ. They endured pain and confusion but never fell from their faith. My mind wanders to the times in my life when I have hurt someone, told a lie, or simply didn’t follow the law. I dwell on the pain I have caused others or the things I didn’t do to honor God.
I remember a time when I was 14 years old and my Mom was a single Mom working two jobs. The new school year was about to start and I had been at a friend’s house who had a closet full of new clothes. I felt ashamed and embarrassed that I had nothing new to start my first day of school. When I was back at home I yelled at my Mom and told her she didn’t do enough for me. We argued for several minutes about what I didn’t have and what she couldn’t provide and I ended the argument telling her I hated her. I know I hurt her and I couldn’t take back my words. My pride and selfishness had consumed me. I will forever remember the look on her face and the pain in her eyes. If I was blameless, I would’ve instead gone home and thanked her for her sacrifice and unconditional love.
If I was blameless, the relationships in my life would be better. Most importantly, my relationship with Christ would be stronger. Jesus is the only sinless man who has lived on earth, we are not sinless. We go to Christ for grace from our sins. If we can strive to be blameless then no man can point their finger to us or find fault. Proverbs 2:7 tells us He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Our generation and culture justify their actions and behavior in so many ways that it’s nearly impossible to be blameless. We judge, criticize, and gossip about others and hold a standard that many can never reach. We discriminate and destroy in so many ways. When I read about Mary, Elizabeth, and Ruth the thoughts of how much better our society would be if women were as dedicated as they were. The Bible teaches us so many lessons on character and provides guidance for lives today. God gives great honor to those who live Godly lives. This is my goal in life so God might use me for great service and honor.
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Psalm 119:1