You’ve probably heard someone say, “If you’re looking for the perfect church, don’t join or you’ll ruin it!” That’s both funny and true. There is no such thing as the perfect church, at least not this side of glory. Yet Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, is encouraging those in the kingdom of heaven (His disciples) to strive for perfect obedience. He exhorts them, “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That’s easy for Jesus to say, because He is perfect and without sin. But you and I are not.
Don’t let that discourage you. Because of their identity in Christ, His disciples are advancing in perfection in the kingdom of heaven. They are advancing in faithulness and advancing in their faith in Jesus. So, altough this week’s passage might discourage you, because of past or current sins or because of past or current hurts, please come and find hope in Jesus. Don’t move backward but move forward with hope and healing. God is greater than whatever you face.