DEMONSTRATING PERFECTION THROUGH REFLECTION

The command (Matt. 5:48), "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," indicates not only that Jesus considered perfection attainable, but also that the individual must learn to love his enemies before he can attain it. The Master's instruction according to the Gospel of Matthew is: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto yon, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do e more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

These significant words require our earnest study and application. For as long as we hate someone who has wronged us, resent his attitude toward us, envy another's ability or his well-ordered home or business, or even feel the slightest touch of self-pity when comparing our lot with that of another, we shut out the light of spiritual reality which enables us to see the perfect man and God's impartial goodness to all His children.

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