Therefore, Be Perfect

The human nature; we tend to expect perfection in all areas of this life. When someone undertakes to perform a task for us we demand in our own hearts that only the most perfect result is acceptable. We are all looking out for ourselves and that makes us perfect in our own eyes. Only one is perfect in the flesh, and that One is Jesus. Yet, he has called us to be perfect (Matthew 5:48). How can we be perfect? We are human. We are fallible. We have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God.

The Hebrew word translated “blameless” or “perfect” in Genesis 17:1 means “entire, complete, full, without blemish.” The Greek word found in Matthew 5:48 translated “perfect” means “finished, complete, having reached its end,” and implies being fully grown or mature. The definition of the English word perfect is “lacking nothing essential to the whole, without defect, complete.” All three definitions contain the word “complete.”

Perfection, as used in Scripture regarding everyday life, means maturity and completeness. We can attain an increasing level of spiritual maturity, yet we cannot truly complete the process until we submit completely to God — until our human nature has been totally transformed. Only then can we reach the stated goals of being perfect “as our Father in heaven,” having “the mind of Christ,” bringing “every thought into captivity,” and never speaking a wrong WORD.

I choose to renew my mind daily through the Word of God.

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