Lets talk about the adjective "perfect." The Bible talks about brotherly love, unfeigned love (love without hypocrisy), abounding love, serving love, and a number of others. But 1 John 4 presents to us perfect love. Verse 12 ends, “His love is perfected in us." Verse 17, "By this is love perfected with us." Verse 18, "Perfect love casts out fear." End of the verse, "The one who fears is not perfected in love." Four times here in those three verses we read about perfect or perfected love. This is what everybody is looking for, everybody is longing for and no one will ever find outside a relationship with God.
Now how are we to understand that word "perfect"? Well it is from the verb teleioo, which simply means complete, whole. It basically means to carry out something to the max. That word is used by Jesus when He was dying on the cross and had come to the end, and said, "It is finished," He used a form of teleioo, te telosti, same verb, to say it's complete. And what He was saying was, "What I’ve just done can't be added to. What I've just done can't be improved on." And that's the kind of love we're talking about. It's a love that cannot be added to. It is a love that cannot be improved on. It is the perfected love with all the completeness that can only come from God.
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