Be Ye Perfect, Or Would That Be Imperfect?

Sometimes when we read the Bible we can find what appear to be contradictions, and today’s quote has brought such a one to mind. This week is a week of thanking those who have submitted quotes, and today we say thanks to “Baby”. Baby’s quote seems to be her own, so it’s not a famous quote, but it is thought provoking.

“I am not perfect, I am only perfect at being unperfect.” – Bubley Baby, Bible or Not Contributor

During Jesus’ ministry, within the Sermon on the Mount, He said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48 NIV). But then in Romans we see Paul write, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 KJV). We even have Job saying, “Behold, I am vile.” (Job 40:40 KJV).

So, if we are only human, and imperfect by design, how then can we live up to the commandment of “be ye perfect”? I agree with Bubley Baby that I am perfect at being unperfect, or imperfect. No matter what I do, or how hard I try, I will always come up short – the key here though is that if I do it on my own, to aspire to what God has willed for me, I cannot do it.

The point is that we must put our full trust in God: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8 NKJV). And when it comes to being perfect, the language used by Jesus means to be whole, or complete. In geometry we use the term “perfect circle”, which means just that, complete.

On our own, we are perfect at being imperfect. But, we CAN be perfectly whole through Christ.

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