Matthew 5:48 (AMP) 48 You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete [a]maturity of godliness in mind and character, [b]having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Growing is not ever going to be easy, but we will have freedom later on after we endure the pain of telling our flesh to do the right thing when it wants to do the wrong thing. We may not reach the place of perfection but we can have perfect hearts toward God by having the desire to grow and being a person who wants to serve God. We all love God, but do we love God enough to make sacrifices? Growing is difficult but boy is it well worth it.
We can reason our way out of making right decisions or by making compromises. We cannot grow and mature spiritually without truth. We have to have truth to mature. God wants us to be truthful with ourselves about ourselves. How often do we get around to examining ourselves to see where we are being truthful and living the life we should be living?
Ephesians 4:15 (AMP) 15 Rather, let our lives lovingly [a]express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
2 Thessalonians 2:10 (AMP) 10 And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.
We can find freedom when we begin to face the truth in life. We all want freedom but we are not all good about facing the truth. Truth is reality. Jesus is the word and spirit of truth and we belong to the truth.
Psalm 26:2 (AMP) 2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and my mind.
We can ask God to lead and guide us into all truth. We need to be certain that when we ask, that we really mean what we are asking for because when God starts leading us to the truth and testing our heart, it can be painful to the flesh.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen