Jesus And A Different Way To Think About Perfection

The message of Jesus was on the one hand to be perfect, and on the other hand not to condemn yourself or others for not being perfect, but to exercise extreme mercy and grace as a way of helping yourself and others attain perfection.

That forgiveness — that act of love, itself, is an expression of the perfection we should want to attain.

That perfection, is not realized through strict observance of rules, but through radical trust in God and radical love for ourselves and others.

Only this can produce and sustain the type of behavior religion often tries to enforce through rules.