Friday, January 18, 2008

Perfectionism

I never thought it possible to be perfect or have perfectionism allotted to me as I am laid back and passive and have a live and let live attitude. How about you? Does it seem that perfect is a description of you and your ways? You might be very surprised who calls you perfect.

My eldest son, the genius was on his way out the door for a busy day of appointments. I asked him what it meant to be perfect to which he replied that he did not know but had a feeling that I was ready to tell him. I was indeed and excited to relay the message of God to him.
Being perfect would seem impossible in this world but God says all things are possible if you believe. When one says it is a perfect fit for them when they are considering a new challenge you automatically think that it must meet their exact specifications for their lifestyle, talents and favourite things to do.

Perfectionists work at a thing until it is exactly how they want it to be. To them it is now perfect. Parents expect their children to be perfect and get everything right at least the second time. To feel perfect one has no health concerns, no social battles, no upcoming financial upheavals and certainly no zits.
To have a perfect wedding one must manage to bring at least a dozen people into harmony along with a hundred details that please the bride and bridegroom. The weather must cooperate and the guests must time it just right to attend the ceremony. The gifts must be only what they need or ask for.

None of these describe being perfect like Jesus Christ does. According to His word in the Holy Bible in
Matthew 5:43-48 (King James Version) it is actually a possible thing to be perfect by obeying Him.

43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Love is a choice we make. We do not love the acts of the enemy but the person or persons. Loving someone as a mother, brother, father, sister or brother , a friend must happen to fulfill the Lord's word and to be perfect like Father God Jehovah.
Doing good and blessing our enemies requires action as in rebuilding a country after a war. Giving food to those who hate us can often bring about a friendship. Praying for and not against our haters seems like a tough call but the Father honors such prayers and places His seal of approval on the words of our mouth concerning them.

After preaching this word of perfection, Jesus did all that He commands us to do . He died on a cross after much persecution , curses, hatred from His own people, and prayed that all of this would not be held against them and they would all be forgiven. Perfect Jesus the Christ now enables us to do the same.

Many missionaries are now in our time being perfect as their Father in heaven is. Many laymen and women are loving unto their death and praying that the slayers not be held accountable for these crimes.
Some men and women are married to their enemies and loving their spouses to the end of their lives. Such love is truly tested and tried daily wearing on the souls but strengthening the spirts of just men made perfect. The choice to obey Jesus Christ our example is becoming more and more prevalent. Love's way is God's way because God is love.

Expect to be given opportunities to practice loving your enemies in spite of themselves. As a christian look for, go out of your way to find and bless an enemy or persecuter or hater or and abusive user. Obedience will bring a smile to your face, a humming in your heart and energy to your spirit as it feeds on Father's approval.

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