RE Verse reading–Genesis 1:1, Psalm 100, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 8:8-9, Philippians 2:5-8, James 1:17-18 (day five) “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17) The Greek word for perfect is teleios. It means “that which accomplishes its purpose” or “that which reaches its intended destination”. I remember in college the attempt to justify the use of marijuana by this verse. The argument went something like this, “If God made it, why shouldn’t we be allowed to use it?” James would have been quick to challenge such logic. Not every gift but every good gift, every perfect gift comes from God. Those things that are used by man in keeping with the eternal and wise purposes of God are “from” Him. In the same way, marriage and scripture and prayer and church and physical health. . .perfect gifts from a perfect God, but only when used for His intended purposes. May our hearts be grateful. May our wills be soft.