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Perfection simply means flawless, without fault or defects. Perfection is what every Christian strives for. That point when you are better not bitter, peaceful not angry, faithful not faithless, obedient not disobedient. PERFECT! So who is the perfect Christian if there is such a person.
Several facts points towards who can be described as a perfect Christian.
- Perfection is a goal:Not as though I had already attained,either were already achieved; but I follow up, if that i may apprehend that which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Phil 3:12-15.
- Perfection is a daily process : "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" Phil 2:12. It is in the working out that we are perfected.
- Requires conscious effort and determination.""let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.2 Cor 7:1
- It is a progressive journey: "The path of the righteous is like the morning sun shinning ever brighter till the full of day" Proverbs 4:18. Its a gradual build up and not a sudden burst as we most times expect.
- Perfection is in Christ: "Whosoever is born of God sinneth not" 1 John 5:18.
- It is a process of refining:. "I have refined you but not as silver, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering" proverbs 4:18.
- It is not a mail order process. Its painful but worth it.
- The perfect Christian is not a flawless person but one who has despite inherent flaws surmounted challenges and positively impacts others.
- One who constantly overcomes challenges and grows in the midst of it all. He/she stumbles and falls yet rises again. "for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again" Proverbs 26:16.
- They are prone to mistakes but learn from their errors and move on. This "ideal" Christian knows dwelling on mistakes results in stagnancy rather views errors as learning experiences, stepping stones to promotions;SET UP FOR GLORY.
- This person thrives in the midst of troubles. The perfect Christian sees challenges as stretching places for faith, patience and fruits of the Holy Spirit to grow "let perseverance finish its work so that you may mature and complete not lacking anything" James 1:4
It is the heartfelt desire of every believer to overcome foibles like anger, fornication, lies, depression and every other sins that impede our progress. Without the help of the Holy Spirit its all self effort that'll only end in disappointment.