“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Matthew 5:48 NKJV
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PERFECT?
Before we can place a meaning to Perfection, Let us look at the Words of Jesus and how He came to the conclusion of us being as perfect as our Heavenly Father.
We can look at the preceding verses of Matthew 5.
In verse 45, Jesus speaks of an aspect of perfection. He explains how our Father in Heaven is PERFECT:
“that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Matthew 5:45 NKJV
The Father makes the sun to rise on both the evil and good. He does the same for the rain. Hence the Father is perfect because He deals rightly with EVERYBODY; both the good and the evil. This is the first aspect of perfection. Treating or dealing with everybody right.
The second aspect Jesus mentions here is the aspect of Love that culminates Perfection.
Not are we to treat everybody right, but we are treat everybody in love. We mustn’t treat our enemies differently from the others. We are to love everyone.
Jesus mentions this in his passage concerning perfection.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Matthew 5:43-44, 46-48 NKJV
Perfection means to deal with everyone rightly and to treat everyone the same in Love (agape); enemies included. Our Father loves the whole World that He gave out his only begotten son. He introduced his love to the world by the truth that He let his Only begotten die for us even while we were sinners and not His friends but Enemies. Now that is Perfection.
We are supposed to be exactly like this in our own sphere of life and influence.
In our next session, we will look at the other aspects or features of perfection to gain more understanding on how we are obey this wonderful command given us by our Lord Jesus Christ.