I always had a problem when I heard the scripture Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. I say problem, it’s more like an “OMG” reaction of “How in the world would I be able to be perfect?” Then I read in the notes of my Dake Bible where he described the word ‘perfect’ as ‘mature’… MATURE?? What does that mean exactly? I looked in the Merriam-Webster to find a definition and there were five! The first one said “based on slow careful consideration <a mature judgment” , ok I’m already in the hole because slow and careful are not usually in my vocabulary! I go headlong into situations and then think, or my mouth says something before my brain has processed it! That doesn’t sound very mature of me does it? I think that to be mature is to be able to handle a situation with tact and consideration for another person’s feelings. I have always tried to do that, and it has gotten me in trouble because I have not found a way to speak my mind in some cases, without being blunt, but I digress, back to being perfect, or mature. I looked up Matthew 5:48 in the Message translation, “In a word, what I’m saying is, grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Now that I can live with, in other words (and Jesus had already said it) “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
Mine is a three-generation household with a wide range of age, if we didn’t “do unto others” in our home there would be mayhem at all times! I have watched the relationships between my children, them with their spouses, and my grandchildren in the relationship they have with each other and their friends and I honestly see a lot of genuine maturity in them, does that mean we are perfect? I laugh to think of it, but it is something to strive for isn’t it?
You want to be perfect? Then grow UP!