Perfect – absolute, complete, flawless, faultless, ideal, ultimate.
Those are just a few of the words used to explain the word perfect. And even in the use of words, there is an imperfection in trying to describe what perfection actually is.
This word perfect has been in my mind this week. At first it was in the context of love. Three conversations this week have been about love. Love in the context of society and culture and its interpretation of love, and how that relates to the fact that God is love.
God is love. But we must also recognise that whatever God is, he, and consequently it, is perfect.
Just as there is peace that the world gives (Jesus said, “not as the world gives do I give”), there is also love, and many other things.
The question I had in these conversations was this. It might be love, but is it perfect? Does it come from him?
This led me on to the fact that God is perfect. Only one who is perfect can give what is perfect. There is no imperfection in him! There is such comfort in knowing such things as,
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you.”
I know I’m not perfect. In fact, I know that I am very far from perfect. I have a consciousness, a recognition, of my imperfection. But this can help me in my consciousness and recognition of the one who is perfect. I have to look beyond my imperfection, receive and be one with the only one who is perfect, and trust his perfection.
And it’s this perfection that the Father gives to us in Jesus himself.
Do we know the perfection of God at work in us through our oneness with him? Do we know the perfection of God in, love, peace, power, courtesy, harmony, and patience? (these are all things that come from him, described as perfect in the bible.)
We are reminded that,
“Every good and perfect gift comes from above.”
Every perfect gift. There is nowhere else perfection comes from. Everything apart from him must be imperfect. We are told that,
“His work is perfect, for all his ways are justice”
“His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true”
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.”
Jesus even instructed us to be perfect, as the Father is perfect. The older I get, the greater my understanding of my imperfection without him becomes.
But what an amazing gift the Father has given us, the bread of Life, perfect in every way.
Do we know that when we eat of him, we are receiving into us that which is perfect? Are we expectant that his perfection becomes our perfection as we are one with him, joined as one spirit with him?
Receive this perfect gift for today. Eat of the bread of Life. Drink of the Living Water.
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