What do you think when you hear, “he/she is only human?” I guess most would say it is an often-used phrase to excuse one’s mistakes. One dictionary defines a human as a living creature, “especially susceptible to weakness.”
One way to differentiate us from other living creatures is that we make tools, we cook our food, we wear clothing, among millions of examples. One major difference is we are constantly making moral and ethical decisions where most creatures operate mostly on instinct. When we look to the Bible in the Hebrew scriptures we are told we are created in God’s image, and in Jesus the early church fought over his nature. I think not only Christians but people of many faiths would agree that he epitomized the full potential of humankind.
So, next time you hear, “He is only human” think of the phrase as something different. Being human is a great responsibility and privilege, an opportunity to be more like Christ in thought and deed.