“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
by: Jasmine Lynch.
Our text today follows the radical teachings known as the Beatitudes. It sums up the attitude that Christ-followers should have: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (v.27). We started the week with Jesus teaching the same lesson in Matthew 5:38-42. Here Jesus’ emphasis was on our heavenly reward and as “sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil” (v.35, NKJV). We must follow His example and not that of the world. We must be merciful as our Father is merciful.