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Shall be Perfect

Shall be Perfect

"You therefor must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matt 5:38) What are your top three prayer requests? Jesus makes three statements through the sermon on the mount.

1) What is the Traditional Teaching: (Matt 5:53) It is said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. Dependent on the definition of neighbor. Neighbor use to mean anyone who lived around me; now it means anyone I know. In Jesus, Neighbor referred to anyone who was Jewish and in the proper political party. My neighbor must be on my side because God is on MY side.

2) The Viscous cycle: (Matt. 5:46-47) When we define neighbor narrowly, things run in a vicious cycle. God does not define neighbor as we do, but as everyone. "they are not like us" seed bed of racism.

3) Transforming Initiative (Matt 5:44-45): The sun rises and the rain to fall on everyone, even those people who do not thank Him for it. Pray for your enemies; "Please change him so that they are not so awful" but everyone of us was