I believe we can “stand perfect and complete in all of God’s will” (Colossians 4:12). This unity with God’s will makes humans perfect [complete]. Full completion, accordingly, is a total adherence to God’s commandments.
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I believe a Christian is perfect because of his or her relationship with Jesus Christ (God’s Word). People are perfect if “Jesus Christ lives in them. This habitation gives people assurance of sharing in Jesus Christ’s glory” (Colossians 1:27-28). God judges people not from the outside but from the inside. As Scripture says, “The Lord does not see things the way people see them. People judge by the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). God sees perfection differently. He judges what is perfect by what is in each human.
I believe that a Christian must speak only God’s words if they want to be innocent before God (Matthew 12:36). Of course, it might be hard to imagine us saying only God’s words. However, “saying only God’s words” represents a speech pattern. This speech pattern mimics how God or Jesus speaks.
“That you are to keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile” (Psalm 34:13). I believe the moment of the lie is for the Christian because the harm by a treacherous word is more than just external. Scripture says “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment” (Proverbs 12:18).
That “the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and setteth fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell” (James 3:6). I believe that the tongue can be set on fire by God or hell from the person who owns the tongue because each person chooses to light a strange fire or Godly fire.
I believe that the Christian says and does what his flesh would not want to do because the Christian embraces the spirit. The Christian’s spirit overcomes the desires of the flesh. The Christian manifests the spirit over the flesh. Scripture says, “for the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Galatians 5:17).
Christians seek the true embrace. Are we victors in the war? For I confess that “the Scriptures [picture all mankind as sinners] shut up and imprisoned by sin, so that [the inheritance, blessing] which was promised through faith in Jesus Christ (the Messiah) might be given (released, delivered, and committed) to [all] those who believe [who adhere to and trust in and rely on Him]” (Galatians 3:22).
What war we’re in! The tongue can be perfect, but it’s at war; it fights its poison and fire constantly. “Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:21-25)!
You have a serpent tongue. Today, “no one is righteous,” “there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue” (Romans 3:10; Psalm 5:9). “They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah” (Psalm 140:3). One might ask, Who is “their” or “they?”
Do we have a clean mouth? All of us are “as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee” (Isaiah 64:6).
Do none have a perfect tongue? We will all offend or sin with our tongues, but if we turn to God and his grace, he will forgive us of our sinful mouths (2 Chronicles 6:36-42). The reason God will forgive us of our sinful mouths is that “if we confess our sins,” that is to agree that we have sinned, “he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). What a wonderful God this is!