Jesus says in Matthew 5:48, “Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” We look at this verse today to see what Jesus means by this and how it impacts us living set apart in the spirit of Christ.
Romans 7:14-25, Acts 2:1-4
We were created in the image of a God of love and relationship to be in a loving relationship with God and with others. Humans since Adam and Eve have chosen to love themselves which has broken our relationship with God and others. The law given to Israel did not solve the problem and God promised to take care of the core issue, the rebellious, self-centered human heart by giving us a new heart. In Jesus Christ we see what loving God and others looks like, and through his sacrifice on the cross this life is made open to us! In Christ we receive the new heart, but Jesus said that his desire for us is to be filled with his Holy Spirit, the very new heart God promised so long ago!