How To Be Perfect 


per·fect

adjective

ˈpərfikt/

1. having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.

per·fec·tion·ism

pərˈfekSHəˌnizəm/

noun

noun: perfectionism

1. refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.

“Perfectionism, in psychology, is a personality trait characterized by a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards, accompanied by overly critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations.” – Wikipedia 


“For perfectionists, life is an endless report card on accomplishments or looks. It’s a fast track to unhappiness, and perfectionism is often accompanied by depression and eating disorders.” -Psychology Today 

Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. ~Matthew 5:48 NIV

I have to say when I read this verse I was a little discouraged and said- “What????? Oh, Lord I have a long way to go to even being close to perfect.”

But then I started to further unpack and understand what exactly God means by “Perfect“, And that God calls us to be perfect but He does not ever call us to perfectionism. 

There is a difference as we see above in the definitions. 

As the definition of Perfect states: 

having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be. 

With Christ in us- We have all the required and desirable elements and qualities- so we just make sure to stay surrendered and yielded to the Holy Spirit and we will be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect! 

Great! but what exactly does that look like? How can we walk this thing out? 

But then I saw a few other things ….
Here is that verse in the Amplified Translation to help better understand….

You, therefore, will be perfect {growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life,}as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~ Matthew 5:48 AMP

“growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life” 

 Ok – growing– got it! It’s a process to be perfect, so it takes me integrating and yielding and growing daily.  

And to really get a grasp of this verse on how to be perfect…. here is the Message Translation…..

 “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48 MSG 

So see… It’s not so hard or scary after all when we know that how to be perfect is simply staying synced up with God, growing in maturity and living out our God-created identity by living generously and graciously towards others the way God is towards us.  

Pretty, pretty please, don’t you ever, ever feel

Like you’re less than; less than perfect

Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel

Like you’re nothing, you’re perfect to Me! 

         That is what God sings to us! 

Just like the famous Pink song-clean version of course….

And that my friends is how to be perfect! 

               ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

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