Offences abound. In the sphere of engagement of the minister of the gospel, there remains no hiding place from offences. For the minister shall offend many and in turn shall be offended by many. There is no escape from this imperfection…
However in the midst of this limitation, we find unveiled in the Book of James, “another” way to sculpting the “perfect man”.
James 3:1-2 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
We see perfection – the kind attainable within the margins of presently irremovable limitations – before our grasp. We see the how to grasping this status laid out clearly before our eyes…He says “if any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man…”!
Let us define perfection within the context of this scripture. Let us call the perfect man the same who rules his tongue and offends not in word. What does this mean?
Does this perfect man pander to the gallery and refrain from telling truth that definitely will offend the workers of iniquity? No! This perfect man shall continue to offend in this regard! What shall cease is the offence that often comes from our infirmity of agape and our lack of wisdom in dealing with brethren.
Therefore, let us rule our tongue and bridle our entire body.
Let us exercise ourselves unto perfection…even unto the fullness of maturity in Christ.
Let us steadfastly proceed unto perfection.