Re:Verse passage – Matthew 5:33-48 (day seven)

Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Vs 48

If Christians were to live exactly as Jesus lined out in this sermon, we would be perfect. Why then are we not? Why are there unhealthy churches? Why are “Christians” often the hinderance for non-Christians finding Christ? The reason lies in the midst of the sermon. We do not love others as much as we love ourselves. Self absorption is at the root of all sins. It invades our heart and impacts how we interact with the world. It becomes “What’s in it for me?” instead of “How does this bring glory to God?” The truth is we can’t be perfect on our own. This self absorption always finds a way to rear its ugly head at the worst time.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us […] made us alive together with Christ […] it is the gift of God.  Ephesians 2.

The gifts we receive in the coming days pales in comparison to the Gift God sent us. With that Gift, we can be perfect. Only with the love of God can we overcome the love of self to show the world true love.

Merry Christmas!

Author: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson is the Associate Pastor for Students.

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