At the end of Matthew 5, Jesus has explained the standard by which God requires of us in order to be right with him: PERFECTION.
Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
OK, so I know what you’re thinking… this just isnt possible! And for those of you who think it is… you’re wrong 😛
Jesus knew full well that we couldn’t ever be perfect people. Yet He was perfect. And so by dying for us, He made a perfect sacrifice in order for us to be right with God.
So, if you have Jesus in your life, if you love and trust Him as Saviour and Lord, then God the Father looks at you through Jesus! And therefore, He sees perfection.
Let me explain a little more:
I’m not saying that if we’re Christians, we become perfect. Because we don’t. We still slip up and do/say/think things that God doesn’t like. BUT what it does mean is that we are showered with God’s grace through Jesus, and so that punishment we deserve is taken away. God can have a relationship with us again! I hope that makes sense! Comment this post if it doesn’t and I’ll try and un-jumble everything I’ve just said!
So yeah. That’s what I learnt today. And I think it’s flippin’ amazing 🙂
My focus this week is going to be making sure that I ‘turn over the tables in my heart’ as someone shared with me tonight. By this he alluded to when Jesus turned over the tables in the Temple; a picture of getting rid of all ungodliness from the heart. That’s what I want to do. If I know that sin displeases God and hinders what should be an ever growing relationship with Christ, then this is what I must do.
It is a process of Sanctification, which takes time, prayer, patience and love.
Here endeth my personal lesson to myself 🙂 Amen. Hallelujah. What a Saviour!
Over and out.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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Hi Dean, that’s brilliant I so agree. That’s where a lot of hangups come from about perfection. I’m sure that we were reading that recently but not in Matthew’s gospel. You definately give me the inspiration to start a blog. Will start really soon and send my assignment to look at. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation you are really great 🙂
Thanks for your kind words Pam! Looking forward to seeing your Blog up on the Web 🙂
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