In the creation account, we find a God who makes the heavens and the earth, the light and the darkness, the land and the waters. Why, then, do we assume that God's eternal kingdom, and us in it, does not also comprise seemingly opposing elements? And why assume that certain elements are better than others? Is the light better than the darkness? It is an easy assumption to make, given our animal background: the darkness is when predators lurk, where we are unsure of ourselves and do not feel at home. But God created both light and darkness, and called it "good." Similarly, God's "strength is perfected in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9); weakness is seemingly the "bad" element of these two possibilities, but in fact is just as necessary as strength for completion of the whole. God's perfection is not in the removal of some elements and the sparing of others, but a completion - a perfection of all of those elements in harmony. This can also be said of our selves and our souls. We are told to "be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect," but this perfection implies completeness and wholeness; not a striving toward some goal which, in truth, would make us less of ourselves than when we began. As we strive to be "saved" (Philippians 2:12), we are slowly made whole through God's grace, and this wholeness, this completeness - this perfection - is where we find the image of God within ourselves.
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