The word perfect is something that commonly get misused in our day and age. What is your idea of perfect? How would you know perfect if you have never experienced what perfection truly is?
Can we ever know perfection when true perfection of anything has never been experienced? Let these questions sit there in that space between carnal comprehension and Holy Truth.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.
Ezekiel 33:8 If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to tell them to change their ways, then they will die in their sins, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.
Our Father desires for us to understand that his Love for us is perfect in every way. The word Perfect- meaning absolute, complete, faultless, flawless- this means that we can strive our entire lives to fully grasp what perfect Love means, and we will still fall short of fully understanding. As humans we have this feeling that we always have everything figured out. That even though we have never been where we are going we act as though we have all the answers all along, and also once we get there. Ego and pride play a huge role in us not believing that the Father has plans for us that exceed our own abilities. So in this perfect love we have to be willing to trust and submit to being in His image. It’s really something that does not make a whole lot of sense if we really sit back and think about it. God is actually asking us to trade our crappy life for an amazing abundant current life and eternity with him! And we actually recoil and say in effect, “I don’t know about this…” People actually struggle to let go of all their old baggage, all their old ways of thinking and acting. As a generation defined by an attitude of “what’s in it for me” and constantly on the take, we don’t even recognize it when finally there actually IS something in it for us, and the more we give it away, the better it gets! The idea of freely receive and freely give has lost its said value, because peoples mindsets have shifted to “forcefully take and never give”.
1 John 4:18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
All I know is that Jesus surely left the perfect example as he was dying on the cross: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Long suffering and patience, with a perfect blend of endurance well equips us for the race that Christ has called us to run. To give all humanly possible, and then in that moment lift your hands up toward the Father and cry out “Abba Father”, I am too weak on my own strength, is the moment His perfect love is released to change lives forever.
– Branson James