Working on Perfection
Then everyone will love me, admire me and everyone will want to be my best friend. At this point my “perfect-self” decided that I needed to perfectly understand the meaning of my new favorite Bible verse,
of Matthew 5:48. So I began to look the words up in the Greek.
Be Perfect: Teleios (5046) To be adult, full-grown, to fulfill a goal for which you were intended. (Lexical to the New Testament)
A cross reference-Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love” NAS
Wait a minute! Perfect means to be mature…in loving others… not making things, or people, look or act perfectly.
To be perfect, or to be mature is to love like Christ loves, with forgiveness, with grace and mercy. It is to smile at little things that are not like we thing they should be. They are little things! We need to focus more on being relational rather than perfectionist.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my own goals, that I can believe they are God’s goals. As a tractor plows a field, there are times when achieving the goals and plowing full speed ahead, can leave people (or relationships) dead in our neatly tilled rows.
Throughout the New Testament we read Jesus’ words calling people to love. Love. God is Love. To be like God is to love with a powerful love.
To be perfect is to love like Christ, who is the manifestation of the love of God. Christ obeyed God, all the way to death. In that He showed the perfection of love.
1 John 2:5 “but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.”
My goal today is to slow down, speak life into the lives of others, smile, laugh, play and love.
How are you being made perfect? How are you showing the Love of Christ?