(October 12, 2021) Carol Round reminds us that…
… God is indeed perfect! And that his Son, Jesus, declared it in Matthew 5:48, challenging us to be perfect too: ‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’
I’m a Christian, but not perfect. I make mistakes and I mess up – sometimes big time. But God’s grace is bigger than my sins. And, for that, I am grateful.
As a recovering perfection seeker, I know what it’s like to strive to do and to be perfect. The only thing I accomplished, in the end, was my own unhappiness. The more I tried, the more I was burdened to maintain what I thought being perfect meant – ‘a state of flawlessness, without defect.’ For humans, that is impossible!
Jesus is talking to his disciples – the Sermon on the Mount, and Matthew 5:48 however can be puzzling to some. It was for me… until I read different translations of this verse and a commentary.