gr-oo-ve…i’m in (k)New:)
“Must You be perfect?”
Matthew 5:48: You must accordingly be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Context of verse 43 sheds insight:
43 You must love your neighbor’ 44 However, I say to you: Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may prove yourselves sons of your Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good and makes it rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous.
perfectly perfect in perfection…of FORGIVENESS….that’s how we do it: when we forgive…we are perfect/acting perfectly like GOD!..(especially when we have VERY legitimate cause of complaint against our neighbor)
Partnerships/Friendships/Neighbors test the depth of our love/forgiveness/glue…compassion.
3 Biblical examples of being perfect: given in recent talk I heard… 1. Job perfectly endured MUCH… and freely forgive 3 false friends who caused him much grief… praying for them, etc. (Job chapter 42)…2. Stephen: a hate crime/being stoned to death & just before his death… expressing forgiveness toward his stoners. 3rd example of perfection: Jesus being impaled after being whipped and praying for his executioners.
When we can loyally support/help/work what is good toward all breathing-fragile-life in their journey of forgiveness…positive things result!:)
(Hate crimes diminish…that’s for sure…and love deeds increase… with forgiveness & compassion education.)
Check out this excerpt I read:
What though, should be our mental attitude toward those who might show hatred toward us? While hanging upon a stake, Jesus prayed in behalf of his executioners, saying: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) When hate-filled men stoned the disciple Stephen to death, his final words were: “Jehovah, do not charge this sin against them.” (Acts 7:60) Jesus and Stephen wanted the best even for those who hated them. There was no bitterness in their hearts. “Let us work what is good toward all,” the Bible admonishes us.—Galatians 6:10.
Certainly some have greater tests of forgiveness/faith/compassion…see SAD/Graphic example below: