STRIVING FOR PERFECTION 

Is perfection attainable? Absolutely,God would never tell us to do something that’s impossible. 

However , to be perfect requires complete obedience to His word and will.

Let’s  start with what Romans 12:1-2 tells us.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which  is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”.

WHEN YOU ARE STRIVING FOR PERFECTION,THERE WILL BE A LOT OF RESISTANCE. BUT GOD says,

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled”,{ 2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6}

LISTEN:

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing”,(James 1:2‭-‬4 )

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.(Matthew 5:48)

How do we strive for perfection?

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I  do,  forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”{Philippians 3:13‭-‬14}

I could go on and on,but God says,

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them”,[Ephesians 5:1‭-‬7].

PERFECTION IS NOT A MYTH THAT’S UNATTAINABLE.

“….the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”[Colossians 1:26‭-‬28].

“Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God”[Colossians 4:12].

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