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Deconstructing Perfect | Matthew 5

Welcome to Real Life . If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing (1 Cor. 13:2). “I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit.” —Anonymous On Antiques Roadshow , specialists appraise the antiques, fine art, and collectibles of ordinary people. When they re-air older episodes, they re-evaluate an item’s worth. Because surprisingly, some collectibles lose value with age. Today’s generation doesn’t want their parents’ Hummels. Jesus Christ shook up the religious community when he failed to value what they did. Repeatedly, he used the phrase, “You have heard that it was said… But I tell you...” Because as a religious community, we tend to pile on rules and expectations and practices that appear spiritual, but don’t always originate in the heart or word of God. It’s easy to veer off the path. We lose the plot. We strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. Thereby, Jesus was continually deconstructing man-made faith. Deconstruc