One big concept of James is the idea of "perfection." I've often struggled with the idea of needing to be perfect
Matthew 5:48 "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
James 1:4 says, "Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be perfect and complete, not lacking anything."
Packs a punch, no?
So anyway, after burying my head in the sand (so to speak) and feeling like I should have never even done this Bible study because surely I'm not cut out for this "perfection" thing, I read these words that were literally music to my ears:
"His call to perfection is not about achieving an abstract state of moral perfection but about living holistic lives before God...To live a life of perfection is not to make all A's or to never miss a Sunday at church; rather, it is to live a life true to our identity as children of an utterly untemptable God who never changes, shows no partiality, and has no darkness in Him at all."
- Melissa Moore Fitzpatrick
Perfection is not having a lot of money or the perfect body. It can not be found in social status. It is not about having a clean house or kids that never misbehave. It is not about never messing up or making mistakes. It is not about having all of our ducks in a row at any given time.
Perfection is not something we can achieve on our own (no matter how hard we work at presenting ourselves as such).
True PERFECTION can only be found through living a life buried in the saving grace of Jesus Christ, God's son, the only example of pure perfection.
I am so unbelievably grateful for His grace and mercy. Neither of which I will ever deserve, but both of which I have humbly accepted. Daily.