The Perfect Man, A Reality

The Perfect Man, A Reality
Hmm, there can’t be such a thing! A perfect woman well, it is more likely, but a perfect man!? Just kidding, however, the things that I want to underline are very serious. Regardless of your gender, man or woman, what’s more, regardless of your looks or social status, you can be perfect!How can perfection be reached?

James, Jesus’ brother who had the chance to spend his childhood and youth with God Himself in the house (oh that must have been so wonderful, oh what a blessing!), shows the "recipe" for perfection right here. He is realistic enough don’t worry, he knows we are vulnerable to all sorts of factors but he clearly evinces what really makes the difference between a commoner and the perfect man. Let’s see what he has to say:

"We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, HE IS A PERFECT MAN, able to keep his whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water." James 3:2-12

This is not a fast recipe though, it is not so effortless to "hold your horses"…your tongue for that matter, but it can be learned! And if you want to have a quality life Peter the apostle articulates the following model

"He who would love life, and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. 1 Peter 3:10

Yes but practically what should one do to "tame" the tongue? King Solomon advices on how your tongue should not be, therefore a clear "NO" is for the following:

1. False tongue

"The fear of the Lord is seen in hating evil: pride, a high opinion of oneself, the evil way, and the false tongue, are unpleasing to me." "An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue." "One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble."
"Truth's lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only momentary."

2. Perverse tongue

"The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off."

3. Speaking impulsively

"There is one who speaks rashly like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise heals." "Have you seen a man who is quick with his tongue? There is more hope for a foolish man than for him."

4. Unkind remarks

"The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face."

5. False flattering

"A lying tongue hates those it hurts; and a flattering mouth works ruin." "One who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than one who flatters with the tongue."

Solomon says "YES" to the following:

1. Soft tongue

"By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone."

2. Gentle tongue

"A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit."

3. A tongue that speaks wisely showing good instructions

"She opens her mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on her tongue." "The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of fools gush out folly."

4. A guarded tongue

"Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles."

5. It is amazing to see the paramount importance Solomon gives to the tongue, the power to give life or death! Yes, our tongue can encourage and build therefore bringing life, or on the contrary, our tongue can demolish one’s soul hurting and breaking his spirit, bringing death.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit."

The conclusion is that … we reach perfection when we control our tongue or rather, when we let God control it.

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