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Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.  (Matthew 5:48)

“Ye shall be perfect.” We should reach after completeness in love, fullness of love to all around us.  Love is the bond of perfectness; and if we have perfect love, it will form in us a perfect character.  Here is that which we aim at, perfection like that of God; here is the manner of obtaining it, namely, by abounding in love; and this suggests the question of how far we have proceeded in this heavenly direction, and also the reason why we should persevere in it even to the end, because as children we ought to resemble our Father.  Scriptural perfection is attainable, it dies rather in proportion than in degree.  A man’s character may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing; and yet such a man will be the very first to admit that the grace which is in him is at best in its infancy, and though perfect as a child in all its parts, it has not yet attained to the perfection of full-grown manhood.  What a mark is set before us by our Perfect King, who, speaking from his mountain-throne, saith, “Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”! Lord, give what thou dost command; then both the grace and the glory will be thine alone.

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