the Goal to Be Gained
ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
God will accept only those who are
determined to aim high. He places every human agent under obligation to do his
best. Moral perfection is required of all. Never should we lower the standard
of righteousness in order to accommodate inherited and cultivated tendencies to
wrongdoing. We need to understand that imperfection of character is sin. All
righteous attributes of character dwell in God as a perfect, harmonious whole,
and every one who receives Christ as a personal Saviour is privileged to
possess these attributes.
And those who would be workers together
with God must strive for perfection of every organ of the body and quality of
the mind. True education is the preparation of the physical, mental, and moral
powers for the performance of every duty; it is the training of body, mind, and
soul for divine service. This is the education that will endure unto eternal
life. . . .
But Christ has given us no assurance that
to attain perfection of character is an easy matter. A noble, all-around
character is not inherited. It does not come to us by accident. A noble
character is earned by individual effort through the merits and grace of
Christ. God gives the talents, the powers of the mind; we form the character.
It is formed by hard, stern battles with self. Conflict after conflict must be
waged against hereditary tendencies. We shall have to criticize ourselves
closely, and allow not one unfavorable trait to remain uncorrected.
Let no one say, I cannot remedy my
defects of character. . . . The real difficulty arises from the corruption of
an unsanctified heart and and unwillingness to submit to the control of God.
Subjection to the will of Christ means
restoration to perfect manhood.
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