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Matthew 5:44-48: Loving Others – Part II

Wednesday, November 23, 2016love-your-enemies

You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Love your neighbor — and hate your enemy’. But I tell you, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (CJB)

We have spent time with these verses before but we do well to spend a bit of time with again.

Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! (GNT)

We have reflected before on the importance of loving those who hate and we do well to reflect again.

In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

matthew-5-44-48God says: I know how difficult it is to follow my son and act in this Law of Love. This is the very reason I come to walk among you as one of you and not as a distant God. This is why I spend time with the margins of your societies. And it is why I ask you to dwell there with me. Do not lose heart. Have courage. Have I not prepared a Way for you? Do I not accompany you on your way? Do I not love you more than I love myself? And do I not want you to be with me forever?

For millennia Jesus has told us how we are to act when our sisters and brothers hate us.

But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those who speak evil about you, and persecute you. (JUB)

For millennia we have heard that Jesus will abide, heal and comfort us, his little children. Let us behave each day as though we believe this to be so.

When we use the scripture link and drop-down menus to explore these words, we begin to understand that Jesus gives us sound advice; we begin to recognize that Jesus’ request brings us closer to him in every way; and we begin to find a way to love those who have done us such damage.

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