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Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Then I remember that I don’t think Jesus means being 100 percent error-free. The New English Bible’s translation of this verse says: “There must be no limit to your goodness, as your heavenly Father’s goodness knows no bounds.” This helps.
Matthew gives us a version of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, with the Beatitudes and other teachings on our relationships with God and neighbor, that makes it clear the Ten Commandments are just a starting point for how to live faithful lives.
Go the second mile; give to everyone who asks. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Be perfect.
Jesus asks us to be perfect in goodness, perfect in love—love that can even love our enemies.
The more we allow God’s love to fill us, the closer we are to Jesus’ desire for perfection.
MOVING FORWARD: How will you live into holy perfection as you prepare for the beginning of Lent?