Monday, October 31, 2016
The Process of Perfection
UV 2109/10000 The Process of Perfection
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Psalm 19 v 7
The Word is a perfect mirror. It reflects to us the glory or perfection of God as well as our own imperfections. It shows us the standard to which we should attain as well as our current reality. Filling that gap is the process of transformation. The Word gives us a principle we should follow, a model of a person who followed that principle or precept, a model of a person who failed to follow the precept, the consequences or blessings that either model faced in real life. It makes us wise by enabling us to chose between good and evil, between what is true and what is false, between what is praiseworthy or creditable and what is unworthy.
God promises in His word to be with us and help us in our struggle for perfection. We realize that we cannot perfect ourselves on our own strength or efforts but that we should depend on the evidence of grace that He has shown us in His word. In our judicial systems, testimony is meant as evidence to convict people of crimes or offences against the law. But, testimony in the law of the Lord is evidence of grace- evidence of the Lord helping ordinary people attain to their best.
The Lord does not want us to be naïve or gullible or simple minded. Adam and Eve were too simple such that the serpent, the enemy of our souls could easily deceive and trap them in acting against their best interests. He desires that we be wise or fully aware of the viles of the enemy, the snares of this world, the pitfalls of life. He wants us to be well acquainted with the ways of the Lord as well as the ways of the enemy of our souls. He wants our choices in everything and every day and moment to be informed or enlightened by the precepts and models of His word. We can no longer excuse ourselves on the plea of ignorance or innocence. We are to take responsibility for everything we think, speak and do. The word should have a bearing or inform our be-state, our do-state, our speak-state, our feel-state, our relate-state, our behave-state and our have-state.
Prateep V Philip