Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
“Aim for perfection.” Perfectionism can be destructive – and spiritually speaking it can be heretical. To teach that you must be perfect to be saved is not the truth. Besides, if you were perfect you wouldn’t need a Savior. In Christ, however, there is perfection. Through His blood we are made perfect in the sight of God. While this is the gospel, I don’t think this is what Paul is meaning here. Aim for perfection. We live in much grace – now pursue perfection in how we live. The great thing about grace is that we cannot fail. Grace makes up the difference! Since this is the case, we can aim for perfection without worry of failure. We can take drastic action to rid our lives of sin and to perfect holiness in our daily living with the full confidence of God’s help along the way. This is backwards compared to how we usually consider grace. Usually we are not concerned with sin because grace has us covered. What I am seeing is the freedom to aim for perfection with a carefree yet intentional spirit because of God’s grace.
How I live matters! I have been set free by Christ to fully pursue him. I am a Christian man and it is right that I reflect Jesus. His life is to be lived out in me. As I aim for this perfect life, the promise is that the God of love and peace will be with me.
Father, thank You for being with me. Perfect me in Your holiness today. I pray that my thoughts, not just my actions, will be fully yielded to You today. If my thoughts and heart are Yours… if they are perfect, then the rest of me will easily follow! Be glorified through me today. In Christ I pray.