Then everyone will love me, admire me and everyone will want to be my best friend. At this point my “perfect-self” decided that I needed to perfectly understand the meaning of my new favorite Bible verse,
of Matthew 5:48. So I began to look the words up in the Greek.
Be Perfect: Teleios (5046) To be adult, full-grown, to fulfill a goal for which you were intended. (Lexical to the New Testament)
A cross reference-Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love” NAS
Wait a minute! Perfect means to be mature…in loving others… not making things, or people, look or act perfectly.
To be perfect, or to be mature is to love like Christ loves, with forgiveness, with grace and mercy. It is to smile at little things that are not like we thing they should be. They are little things! We need to focus more on being relational rather than perfectionist.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my own goals, that I can believe they are God’s goals. As a tractor plows a field, there are times when achieving the goals and plowing full speed ahead, can leave people (or relationships) dead in our neatly tilled rows.
Throughout the New Testament we read Jesus’ words calling people to love. Love. God is Love. To be like God is to love with a powerful love.
To be perfect is to love like Christ, who is the manifestation of the love of God. Christ obeyed God, all the way to death. In that He showed the perfection of love.
1 John 2:5 “but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.”
My goal today is to slow down, speak life into the lives of others, smile, laugh, play and love.
How are you being made perfect? How are you showing the Love of Christ?
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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.
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