“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48, NLT).
We often talk about perfection, such as the perfect cup of coffee (to me, as a tea drinker, there’s no such thing), the perfect shoes or golf shot. But as we all know, nothing and no one is perfect. Everything is flawed in some way, especially people. This verse then is a bit of a puzzle, especially if we focus on the first part.
We aren’t perfect but God is. He has no flaws. Everything about him is perfect: his ways, works, knowledge, laws, will, plans and peace. He also has perfect power and love, which is how and why he makes us perfect. In and through Jesus and by his grace, we are forgiven and made into new creatures, who will one day have perfect minds and bodies. We are his children, made in his image, and just as parents want to see their children grow into mature adults, God wants us to grow up in him and his love. We can and will be perfect, but only in Christ.