Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
"He himself well knows the formation of us, remembering that we are dust." (Psalm 103:14)
Jehovah does not expect us to be perfect in the absolute sense. He never expects more of us than we can do. (James 3:2) Still, he does expect us to keep integrity. Is there a difference, then, between perfection and integrity? Yes. To illustrate: A young man loves a young woman whom he is going to marry. He would be foolish to expect her to be perfect. Yet, he would be wise to expect her to be wholehearted in her love for him, that is, to have romantic love for him alone. In a comparable way, Jehovah is "a God exacting exclusive devotion." (Exodus 20:5) He expects us, not to be perfect, but to love him wholeheartedly, giving worship to him alone. Jesus did say: "You must accordingly be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) He evidently understood that even imperfect humans can be complete, or perfect, in a relative sense.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 1:6)