Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Is it possible for us as Christians to be perfect? The answer is yes. Job was characterized as perfect by God on the two occasions that He spoke to Satan about him evidenced by Job 1:8 and Job 2:3. The Bible also referred to Noah as perfect in Genesis 6:9. It said “Noah was a righteous man, and perfect in his generations.” What made Job and Noah perfect? The Hebrew word for perfect means undefiled, therefore Job and Noah were referred to as perfect because they lived their lives free from sin.
Being perfect then is no different from being holy and God has empowered us to do that through his Holy Spirit. To further reinforce the point that we can be perfect, Jesus called his disciples to be perfect in Matthew 5:48 where it said “be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Jesus would not have called his disciples to be perfect, if this was not possible.
Now that it is clear that we can be perfect, the question that we must ask is, how can we get there? The Bible points us to the two things that are required. Firstly, to be perfect we must be perfect in our love towards God and man; this was alluded to in Colossians 3:14 which instructs us to put on charity or love because that is what takes us to the place of perfection. Think about it, the Bible tells us that to love God is to keep his commandments, if then we are perfect in our love for God, that will translate in us keeping all his commandments and principles and thereby living a life that is free of sin.
The second key to be perfect as Christians is to always walk in step with the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16 says “walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh”. What the scripture is saying is that it is impossible to sin when we walk in step with the Spirit of God. Therefore, to be perfect what we must do is to master walking in step with the Holy Spirit and doing that requires us to be perfect in our love for God.
Never again believe that being perfect or holy is beyond you; it is a state that God has called us to.
Life Application: Be perfect by perfecting your love for God to the point where you consistently walk in step with the Spirit.
Prayer: Lord your word says we ought to be perfect as you are perfect. Lord, I choose to walk by your word in order to be perfect in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.