Complete, whole, and fully developed.
Satisfying all requirements.
Perfect can also mean without sin or evil.
Only Christ was totally perfect.
We can aim for perfection, but really we may only experience moments of perfection in this mortal life.
True followers of Christ may become perfect through His grace and atonement.
From the Sermon on the Mount:
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:48
Striving in this world for outward perfection causes untold stress, frustration and depression
Striving for inward perfection (while also knowing we will not always do so perfectly) aims for authenticity, kindness, teachability, sincerity and yielding to our Creator’s guidelines for happiness.
Luckily, He has taught us that perfection (full development) happens line upon line, precept upon precept.
When we know better, we do better.
When we sincerely repent of mistakes, we set in motion the miracle of the Atonement.
Becoming at ONE with Christ.
We are set free of heaviness and are free to choose wisely and begin developing once again.
Perfection is a process for a lifetime and beyond.
It is not a competition between ourselves and anyone else, or a bar set so high that we become discouraged and give up.
It’s not a goal to check off our list or a New Year’s resolution to fail at by February.
It’s growing and developing from grace to grace til we are beautifully whole, authentic and wise.
It’s keeping our eye on the north star, getting back on track when we make mistakes….it’s choosing goodness.