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Mathew 5:48

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Thoughts of verse

Two things follow from Jesus' teaching in this chapter and in this final sentence. First, simply following the law of Moses as it was taught by Israel's religious leaders was not nearly good enough.


Those who would follow Jesus' teaching, His disciples, must live out righteousness which begins with their inner lives (Matthew 5:21–22, 27–28). That righteousness means surrendering personal rights for the good of others (Matthew 5:31–32, 33–37, 38–39). This extends even to the point of loving and praying for their enemies (Matthew 5:43–47). Second, it quickly becomes clear that it is impossible for sinful human beings to live up to God's standard or righteousness in our own power. That's why the Apostle Paul will famously state in his letter to the Romans, "None is righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). He and Matthew and the rest of the New Testament writers will make it clear that perfect righteousness as Jesus has described it in this chapter can only be received as a gift from God through faith in Jesus (Romans 3:23–25).


Prayer

Dear Father, may I be kind, gentle, generous, and forgiving as Jesus was. I cast out every evil entity that allows pride to get the better of me. It shall not prevail in Jesus Name!


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