Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice, set things right, be encouraged, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.
[2 Cor 13:11 NET]
A glance at the words is enough to make us feel how contradictory they are. Be perfect that is a word that strikes us with despair; at once we feel how far away we are from our own poor ideal, and alas! how much further from God’s ideal concerning us. Be of good comfort ah, that is very different! That seems to say, “Do not fret; do not fear. If you are not what you would be, you must be thankful for what you are.”
Now the question is this How can these two be reconciled?
It is only the religion of Jesus Christ that reconciles them. He stands in our midst, and with the right hand of His righteousness He pointeth us upward, and saith, “Be perfect.” There is no resting–place short of that. Yet with the left hand of His love He doth encompass us, as He saith, “Soul, be of good comfort; for that is what I came to do for thee.”
~ Mark Guy Pearse ~