Words from the Heart for Thursday May 7th, 2020
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:46-48 (NIV)
One of the names on the cenotaph in Stonewall Manitoba is Alan McLeod, who was called “the finest flower of chivalry” when he was eulogized only months after becoming the youngest Canadian ever, at 18, to win the Victoria Cross. He wore his first uniform at 14, was a World War 1 pilot at 18, and shot down shortly after. His plane landed in no man’s land and he pulled his crew mate to safety behind the Allied lines, saving his life. McLeod died in the influenza epidemic just days before the end of the war.
Most days we are a long way from being perfect. We say things we later regret, or have a less than Christian attitude towards others that comes out in the words we say, or the way we speak and act. So how can we possibly be the man or woman that Jesus calls us to be in Matthew 5:46-48: “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” If we take the final words of Jesus here, it can be an impossibility. But if we take it in the context of what Jesus is teaching here, it becomes very possible. What Jesus is teaching here is that we are to be perfect in love and compassion, even for those who aren’t like us. Even the most worldly love those who are just like them. But we are to be different. We are to love those who are not like us. In this we must be perfect.
These have been words from the heart.