Before I launch into my latest musings I will say I just finished a book from 1938 by Brenda Ueland called "If You Want to Write". Anyone who knows me well knows that I want to write, do art, re purpose things, take pictures, travel, and many more great things. When you have that many interests it is really hard to do anything well. I want to try to write more often and not be thinking "I don't have time to do a good enough job now." I wish I was motivated enough to want to polish my writing but I'm just not. So here's to hoping to write more.
Here are my musings on Matthew 5:43-48
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[a] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
It is irrelevant what the word "perfect" means in this passage. We know from it that God is perfect and we are told to be like Him.
And what is it that sets Him apart from us and makes Him perfect? He makes rain fall on ALL and sun shine on ALL people whether they deserve it or not.
I objected at first. How can He help that? It's not like rain could just fall on good people, right?
Maybe that is part of the point - if we could be so God-like, so perfect, we would just greet ALL in the streets, we would love ALL, we would do good to ALL. It wouldn't cross our minds to ask/consider goodness or evilness. We would just BE. We would BE who we were meant to BE.