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Sermon On the Mound

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Matthew 5:43-48

We wave the slogan, “I am not perfect, just forgiven” like a championship pennant.  It is a good slogan that focuses on the forgiving grace of God.
The challenge is that the slogan diminishes one of Jesus’ commands in the Sermon on the Mount – “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” I am one who believes this command is not to be ignored or watered down.  This command is spoken in the context of love and being called to something higher than the way the world loves, such as loving our friends, family members and others who love us.  Jesus calls us to something higher – loving perfectly – loving as God loves.
The Perfect Game in Baseball is an illuminating illustration for being perfect as God is perfect.