Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Bo Cassell's modern-day paraphrase of John Wesley's classic A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, you will understand exactly what Christian perfection really is and what it is not. Briefly, the term "Christian perfection," as Wesley understood it, might better translate as "complete holiness." Once a person is saved, that's not the end. Christianity is the process of growing up, maturing in the love of our God and our neighbor. It is holiness of heart and life. It means, as Philippians 2:5 puts it, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." The perfect life then becomes more of living a life committed to perfect love, which defines what our relationship to God and others should be.