Yes, You Must Be Perfect. Kinda’.

by Mark T. Hancock · 1 comment

The Apostle Paul penned a number of scriptures that encourage us in pursuit of perfection (Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:28; Colossians 4:12).  James had some things to say (James 1:4; James 3:2).

Jesus talked about perfection, too.  Here’s a verse that ties up 6 verses on the subject (as titled in my Bible) “Love Your Enemies”:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father 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. … Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:43-48).

Jesus is emphasizing that it isn’t fit for us, in representing Him, to do anything but love, bless, do good, and pray for those who hate, curse, or persecute us.  This is how we shall be perfect.

Here’s the point:  Live like the King.  He rules over His whole Kingdom.  Some people don’t serve Him, some may even curse and hate Him, but He shines on them and sends rain to them anyway.

And many, as they awaken to His goodness as it shows up in you, will come to repentance (Romans 2:4).  In this way, according to Jesus, you can be perfect, as He is.

Challenge 4U:  Be perfect today.  Love, bless, do good, and pray.

(BTW:   That CMYK symbol is a registration mark that is used for making multi-color print jobs come out PERFECT.  That’s the connection.)

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Christina Lusk June 7, 2010 at 8:39 am

Bummer. I was sure it was Christina Marie you’re kool. I’m going to be kinda perfect today. Great stuff!

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