At one point Jesus tells us to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. That would seem to put us in an impossible situation, since we can’t be perfect. How are we to understand this teaching?

Jesus calls us to perfection in the context of preaching love of our enemies, not simply those we are close to or in agreement with.

The Greek word translated as “perfect” implies maturity or wisdom. In effect, Jesus is pushing us to “next level” morality, to move beyond our normal way of thinking, acting and judging, to a more mature level of morality that reflects the wisdom of God, who loves all of creation.

This teaching is aspirational and not a call to something we cannot achieve. It is a call for us to take on the mind of Christ in how we look at and act with others. With most skills we get better as we practice. Being a loving person is no exception.

“Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2b)

4 thoughts on “Perfection

  1. Pat and Manfred April 19, 2023 — 11:06 am

    Dear Father,It was a treat to be with you last weekend! We are glad.That you arrived back safely(hopefully without a howling monster next to you🙃).Thanks for todays beautiful blog,and all the others as well! Look forward to seeing you in June.
    Peace and love,Pat and Manfred


    1. I enjoyed spending some time with you and the family. My flight back was thankfully uneventful. It was a long travel day, but it all worked out. I’m also looking forward to the festivities in June.


  2. Thank you for the beautiful blog post!

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  3. O’Brien George May 8, 2023 — 5:42 pm

    Jesus calls us to perfection, which is translated as Mature with Wisdom. Jesus is calling us to rise to the next level. Always improving ourselves, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

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