Our scripture this morning is Matthew 5:46-48.

For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

In all of Matthew 5, Jesus has given us instruction on how to “be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This is something we can’t do alone, only through our faith in Him. We are called to emulate our Heavenly Father because we are made in His image.

When Jesus says “be perfect” He knows our human limitations. He calls us to be mature and responsible, especially in our dealings with one another. Most importantly, He calls us to treat all people in the same way He treats them, with love and respect.

We show our love for God through praise and worship and by loving His creation. God made everything for a reason, and we are all part of that plan. Jesus came to show us what a life lived in faith can be. He is the only way for us to be saved and achieve the perfection God intends for us.

Loving Lord, we are sorry when we fail to love one another. Help us to see each person as a unique member of Your family, and share the love You first gave us. Amen.

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