Don’t Set Your Expectations of Others Too High

God does not love some ideal person, but rather human beings just as we are, not some ideal world, but rather the real world.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

HT: @danielhill1336

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One thought on “Don’t Set Your Expectations of Others Too High

  1. I think a clarification of this quote is in order. Some might read this quote and think something to the following effect: “God accepts me as I am, so I am perfect the way I am and don’t need to change. That’s just the way I am.” Based on other Bonhoeffer writings and more importantly the Scriptures, I don’t believe that is what he had in mind. It is true that God accepts us as we are. To conclude otherwise would mean we would have to “clean up our act” in order to obtain salvation. Ephesians 2.8-9 and a host of other passages explode the myth that we must first earn our salvation before God will love us. God accepts us as we are, but He doesn’t leave us there. This quote addresses the doctrine of justification, and disastrous things happen when we confuse it with the doctrine of sanctification. The Scriptures clearly teach that, although God accepts us as we are (justification), He changes us daily (sanctification). If there is no sanctification in a person’s life, then we must conclude from the Bible that justification must not have occurred. (YES, I REALLY DID SAY WHAT YOU THINK I SAID!) For the believer, there is no such excuse as “That’s just the way I am” when it comes to sanctification and repentance and any kind of progress in the walk of faith.

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