What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word perfect? For me it's several things. Mom's cooking, snow white yarn, perfectly coordinated outfits... Those are all material things, though. What if I change the question to, What do you think of when I say the perfect person? Perhaps it's a friend, family member, or even a spouse or fiancé? Why are they perfect, though?
See, I've been doing a word study on the word perfect, thanks to a friend's question about Psalm 37:37. What is a perfect person?
Still not finished with the study yet, but I wanted to share a few things my friend and I have found and I've come to see about the perfect person in the Bible. I think I'm actually going to see if my friend will do a second part to this post, because he explained this better than I ever could!
And before you say, 'it's impossible to be perfect!' or 'No one is perfect', we're actually commanded to be perfect in Matthew 5:48: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
I'll say this to start: Perfect doesn't mean sinless. We are still in a sinful world with the flesh to fight. The use of the word doesn't mean sinless. It means to be matured in our spiritual walk, to be serving God wholly and sincerely and following His Word and Will in our life. This doesn't mean we have permission to sin by saying, "Oh, well, if it doesn't mean sinless and I can never be sinless, the it is impossible'- Read Matthew 5:48 again! We are commanded to strive to be perfect!
So, here are the qualities of the perfect person I can see:
The first quality, the most important, is that the perfect person trusts in Jesus Christ. He's their Saviour, their refuge, their defense. This is the first step in becoming a perfect person. Don't expect to become perfect without first trusting the One Who can give you a new life in Him!
Second, the perfect person is totally surrendered to God's Will in their life. They know that the only safe place to be is where God wants them. They don't make plans to fulfill their own desires or dreams, but to serve the Lord in whatever way He choses. God comes first in their life. There are verses that talk about the Will of God being perfect, like Romans 12:2. Or Hebrews 13:20-21 where it says "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." If God's Will for our lives is perfect, doesn't it make sense that we should live in it?
I also can see that the perfect person studies and knows the Scripture. How else would they know what God's Will for their life is without being in His Word? That is impossible! You could never pass a test if you didn't study, you could never be in a play without memorizing your script. Why would you attempt to do God's Will without reading the Bible? The perfect person spends as much time as possible studying and reading God's Word. The perfect person knows that the more you hid God's Word in your heart, the stronger you will be when your faith is questioned or problems arise.
I also noticed the perfect person is at peace. Even in the midst of trouble and distress, with fear, pain and grief surrounding them, the perfect person has peace because their peace comes from God, not their circumstances. There's no need for them to fear or worry, because they know God is in control. I know that it's hard to avoid worrying over things, when the bills are due or a loved one is ill. God knows what it is you're struggling with, though, and wants you to trust Him with it so you can have peace.
Last one for now, the perfect person has patience. I've heard people say before, 'don't pray for patience, that's like asking God to send trials and tests!' Have you never read James 1:4? Ever?
"But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
We're actually Told in Scripture to have patience! I could go on and on about patience, but I'll just say this: Patience is waiting for God to provide what He knows you Need, not what you want. When we're content to be patient and wait for God to open that door, or solve this situation, or move the mountain we can't seem to climb, we're that much closer to being perfect like He wants us to be. When we're patient, we're content to wait on God's provision for our lives!