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February 18, 2011

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Doug

I remember this - the 'perfect' from verse 48 is not a word that means 'flawless', as most of us read it I think in English. Rather, it is a word that means 'complete'. Here's what a lexicon has to say:

1) brought to its end, finished
2) wanting nothing necessary to completeness
3) perfect
4) that which is perfect
a) consummate human integrity and virtue
b) of men
1) full grown, adult, of full age, mature

So you could restate "Be perfect" as "Have integrity" or "Be whole" or "Be complete" or "Have consummate virtue" or something. I think that 'perfect' is misleading in our culture - it makes many people imagine that God is the strict parent and we all have to be first children and get straight A's. Instead, we are just called to be complete.

And the road to that completeness comes through the love of our enemies, and our willingness to suffer and respond creatively rather than retaliate.

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