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The Christian God is perfect. Jesus commanded His followers, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).1 We have investigated His perfection in the last few posts, and in this one we are going to look at how He is perfectly good.

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If we accept the truth that God the Father’s works and ways are perfect; if, in fact, He is perfect as Jesus said He was, wonderful avenues of thoughtful truth open to us. In the last two posts, we have looked at God’s perfection in three areas: His discipline, His love, and His power. In this article, let’s look at the God of perfect peace.

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When music aficionados shop for high-end equipment, they are not only looking for a powerful or smooth-sounding amplifier. The most expensive amp in the world is useless if quality speakers are not connected to it. The retail store has these speakers out and in use so they will be available to produce the best sounding music possible for their customers. They are the speakers to which all other speakers are compared, or referred to, for quality of sound, and therefore are called reference speakers. The point I will attempt to make in this article is that the Christian God is the ultimate referent in the earth for power and love.

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Many years ago, Adelaide Pollard and George Stebbins penned a song entitled, Have Thine Own Way, Lord. The first stanza reads,

“Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!

Thou art the potter, I am the clay.

Mold me and make me after thy will,

While I am waiting, yielded and still.”

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When we are pleased with the efforts of a family member, a co-worker, friend, or even ourselves, we often exclaim, “Perfect!” When we give a gift to someone, he or she might say, “This is a perfect gift. Thank you very much.” When we say such things, we mean that what has been offered could not be any better by our standards of perfection. However, our definition of perfection is insufficient when we consider the way in which God is perfect. His criteria for perfection are different from ours. For instance, let’s look at this verse from the song that God Himself wrote, which He instructed Moses to teach to the people of Israel:

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