How Perfect Do We Have To Be?
What Is Perfection
Perfection : Number4
Perfection, is to strive to be perfect, like Jesus is. He is the only Perfect
person there is other than the Father God. As you read more on
"Perfection" there may be some areas which will be repeated from
previous pages, that is because they are still in line with the subject of
"Perfection" so please just read again.
Perfection, leads to bring , being like Christ. There are
a few definitions of Perfections, Flawlessness, etc.
Perfection, is related to sanctification, suggesting that
relative perfection is presently attainable. While absolute sinless
perfection is available only in eternity, perfection in the
present is a goal worthy of aspiration (Philippians 3:12-15) Paul's
dictum in (Philippians 3:16) is programmatic: "only let us live up to
what we have already attained." NIV
Reference: Eerdmans Dictionary of The
Philippians 3:12-15 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved
these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep
working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me
for and wants me to be.
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I
should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the
past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the
prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us
15 I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree
on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it
plain to you.
Ephesians 13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of
God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to
the full stature of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be like children, forever
changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something
different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound
like the truth.
15 Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming
more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the
Waiting for perfection can lead to procrastination. We will never
be truly perfect, so we will always be waiting.
2 Corinthians 7:1 . . . We have these promises, dear friends, let us
cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let
us work toward complete purity because we fear God.
As we come to know and respect who God is, we are encouraged to
aim for the purity of his character in our own daily choices. To be like God, who is perfect, is the goal. But as humans, we
must recognize that at our best we will fall far short of perfection.
God knows that.
Philippians 3:12 . . . I don’t mean to say that I have
already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection!
But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus
saved me for and wants me to be.
Ephesians 4:13 . . . Until we come to such unity in our
faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the
Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.
Our perfection is not a flawless imitation of God, but rather a
discernible process of godly maturation. We look at our perfection as
the “half full glass” rather than the “half empty glass.”
Godliness is becoming more like him, even while falling far
short of him. Becoming more like him is the “half full glass.” Falling
far short, as humans, is the “half empty glass.” We are humans, not God,
so we cannot be perfect as he is perfect. Perfection
is a process, so if we do not strive for it, our lives will become more
and more empty.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DANGERS OF PERFECTIONISM?
Ecclesiastes 7:20 . . . There is not a single person in
all the earth who is always good and never sins.
Romans 3:23 . . . All have sinned; all fall short of
God’s glorious standard.
Perfectionism, defined as the absence of the presence of
sin, is impossible for us to attain in our earthly human lives.
Perfectionism strives for 100%, and anything less is failure.
Realism starts with 0% and any measure of godliness is to the
good. Perfectionism sets hopeless goals and therefore breeds hopelessness as
we fail to reach them.
Romans 12 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God
transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will
know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and
perfect his will really is.
Romans 6:13 Do not let any part of your body become a
tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely
to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to
do what is right for the glory of God.
14 Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer
subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God’s
As for God, his way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
32 God arms me with strength;
he has made my way safe.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
1 Oh, the joys of those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with scoffers.
Psalms 23:3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Psalms 119:138 Your decrees are perfect;
they are entirely worthy of our trust.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
1 Col 1:28 So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn
them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to
present them to God, perfect* in their relationship to Christ.
James 1:25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law—the
law that sets you free—and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you
heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
1 John 4:18 Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear.
If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that his love has
not been perfected in us. 19 We love each other* as a result of his loving us