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Perfect! as your Father is Perfect
Good Morning! We are called to a higher standard of behavior as followers of Christ. Jesus holds up the ultimate example in this passage.
"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. ... You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matt. 5:44-45, 48
Now let me explain that this word "perfect" means mature, ripe, ready, not just without fault. It is something we should strive for, grow into and seek to reach. We get there by practice and endurance (see James 1). Sometimes with a lot of prayer! In fact, prayer should be part of our daily lives anyway, but that is a subject for another post. Perfect, mature, complete. Strive for it.
Perfect? Do you KNOW who I live with, work with, etc?
This is a difficult task in the world we live in. There are many people with whom we come in contact who are so much less than perfect! By the way, we are also less than perfect, but working on it. In dealing with them, we need to remember how God has dealt with them. Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Not an easy task, but a necessary one!
Steve Weeks, minister firstname.lastname@example.org
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