On Perfection (by D.P. Williams)
Personal Perfection - 'And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.' (1 John 3:3)
'Perfecting holiness in the fear of God.' (2 Corinthians 7:1)
'Now may the God of peace ... make you complete in every good work.' (Hebrews 13:20-21)
It isn't in associating with our own weaknesses and the weaknesses of others that we will grow morally and spiritually. Yet, getting a proper look at ourselves with our imperfections and unworthiness is beneficial for us, to tear down the pride of the human heart.
But, in order to grow in perfection, we must have fellowship with the Perfect One Himself and participate in the divine perfections, or those attributes of God in which we can participate. We need to live from Christ, before living for Christ. We need to participate in Him before we can become like Him. 'Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood' says the Lord Jesus, 'has eternal life.' What's natural doesn't have the resources for spiritual growth. Instead, we need to feed substantially upon our God so that we may be perfected. This should be one of the most important objectives in the life of every Christian; our call is to become like our Lord.
(Translated from D.P. Williams, 'Y Tri Perffeithiad', Cyfoeth Gras, 2.4 (July 1923), p.9)