DEVOTION
 
PERFECT PRACTICE
MAKES PERFECT

Have you ever heard the phrase “practice makes perfect”? There is also a slight variation that says, “perfect
practice makes perfect.” The point of the extra adjective is that practicing something without concentration or
concern for improvement will not lead to perfection. Only by practicing with a desire to improve and striving toward
perfection can we actually excel.

Read and think about Matthew 5:48: “Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to
everyone, so also you must be complete.”

Then, read aloud or summarize the information found at https://www.umnews.org/en/news/what-did-john-wesleymean-by-moving-on-to-perfection to explain that in the United Methodist tradition, we believe we are going on to perfection—not perfection from sin, but perfection in the capacity for perfect love. But to get there we need to practice every day.

Prayer: Perfect God, who showed us perfect love in Jesus Christ, give us the courage to practice our faith every day
through rituals and opportunities to love others. Thank you for loving us when we are at our best and when we are at
our worst. We love you, too. Amen.
 
 
MONDAY:         1 Timothy 4:15
How is your faith visible to others?
 
TUESDAY:        1 Corinthians 10:16
Through Communion We share in the ultimate and amazing reminder of God’s love.
 
WEDNESDAY:      Proverbs 15:15
Feast is a great word—for sharing food and fellowship with others…
 
THURSDAY:      Colossians 3:9-10
We must practice godly lives is we want to ove on toward Christian perfection.
 
FRIDAY:           Jeremiah 7:3
You will more easily feel God’s presence when you are doing your best to follow God’s will.
 
SATURDAY:        Psalm 73:26
Remember that you will falter and fail. God remains your strength through both good and bad times.