“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” [Matthew 5:48]

Are you still trying to …get it right!  Are you still trying to reach some super spiritual point of growth?  Let’s not miss the truth about ‘perfect’.  If there is a tendency to define perfect in the worldly manner then what you will have is performance, pretension and legalistic works.  Here is some thoughts on regarding ‘perfect’.

Jesus has just finished a long and rather overwhelming discourse on who we are and how we should live and finishes by saying—now be perfect, just like my Father!

The love of God never makes us ‘perfect’ in human terms—but His love matures us when His love is experienced in our weakness, frailty, and sin.  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect [having mental and moral character] in weakness” [2 Corinthians 12:9]

It is God’s power {Grace} that is perfect—we are made whole yes but not made perfect in human terms.   Healing from mans point of view means he can say ‘I once was blind but now I see’ — nothing is changed from the human condition – it is Christ that makes the difference and Christ that is the difference.  Without Christ the awful weakness, frailty, and sin is always there ready to raise its ugly head.

I read somewhere that at the beginning of new life a Christian is hard hearted and soft skinned but by God’s Grace becomes soft hearted and hard skinned.  This is what maturity looks like…we weep over what God weeps over not with sentimentality but compassion—that is God’s tough love.

To be like God is to be perfect—having mental and moral character and is only reached when we can say, “It is no longer I that lives but Christ that lives within me” –that’s maturity!

Jesus said maturity—is blessed—is salt and light—loves beyond the law—judges no one—makes and keeps commitment—gives rather than takes—loves as He loves. –this is maturity!  {Matthew 5}

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