There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to understanding the concept of ‘perfection.’ Many people think perfection essentially means you’re God, and capable of creating something ex nihilo.

This is not what perfection means.

“He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

Many misunderstand Adam’s state of being in the garden of Eden, and describe Adam as being ‘perfect’ before sinning. This isn’t true. Adam was not perfect, he wasinnocent,’ but ‘untested.’ Perfection is all about being tested and coming out on top.

Can ore become gold without fire? Nobody is born perfect, not even Christ. We say Christ is ‘perfect’ in retrospect. Not because He was born with a divine nature (though divinity has no flaw), but because He, in His humanity, conquered every type of trial human life has to offer (juxtaposed with Adam’s failure to do so). So the next time you read the scripture which says, “Be ye perfect as your heavenly father is perfect” (Mat 5:48), know that it is attainable.

The way we become perfect is by enduring the fire in the moments we most want to flee, even if we sweat drops of blood. Only then shall we come forth as gold.

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