Are you blameless? What does it mean and when can you call yourself that?
Updated: May 22, 2021
Are you blameless?
You may have come across this word several times in the Bible. But what does it mean?
The word blameless is often mentioned in the New and Old Testament. The Bible doesn't define it outright. But we can get an idea of what it means by reading Scripture.
Oftentimes, it's paired with another word. Such as, "pure and blameless," "blameless and innocent," and "holy and blameless." So we know that it has a positive meaning, right?
In Ephesians 5:27 (ESV) "without blemish" is used instead.
So if we were to make it into a simple definition it would be something like: Blameless- to be without fault; innocent, not guilty, righteous.
Now that we know what it means what does it mean for you?
Let's look at scripture.
Psalm 119:1-8 says:
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart-
they do no wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
These verses put a mental picture of what the word means. We are to observe God's Word and live in obedience. And be blameless before God.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight- Ephesians 1:4
You might think, "how can we appear blameless before God when we are susceptible to sin?"
Here's what you can do:
Learn the ways of the righteous
Be like Christ
It's a useful guide to help you stay on the righteous track but it's important to keep Romans 3:22-23 in mind.
It says, "This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
You are made righteous in Christ! But we still need to live in obedience to God's word.
You will fail. You will stumble. I don’t say this to discourage you but it’s because you’re human. Sin has a strong influence but it’s not powerful. And you already know who is powerful? That’s right, the LORD, God Almighty.
If and when you fail, the number one thing you do is be open and honest about it. Bring it to God. And tell someone. Have an accountability partner if that helps you. Don’t keep it to yourself. Otherwise, it can take you to a dark place of guilt and shame. Remember, you ought to be guiltless.
Live blamelessly. It's not something you’re going to get right overnight. It takes time and discipline. If there’s something that’s preventing you from calling yourself blameless, repent. Ask God to forgive you. Move forward and walk the righteous walk.
As long as you’re following the LORD’s way, you are living the blameless life. You are blameless.
A few other verses: Psalm 15:2 & 101:2, Proverbs 2:3, 1 Corinthians 1:8, Ephesians 5:27, Philippians 1:10-11, & 2:14-15, 1 Thessalonians 2:10, 3:13 & 5:23, Titus 1:6-7, 2 Peter 3:14, Revelation 14:5
(New International Version and English Standard Version were used)