Message of the Day: Imitate God in Loving Without Distinction!
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:43-45, NKJV)
The saying that encouraged Jews to hate their enemies did not come from the law of Moses. It came from the traditions of the scribes. God’s people must love their enemies. They are doing nothing exceptional if they love only those who are friends, for even, the ungodly do that. The Christians’ example is found in God, who gives rain and food to those who love him and those who hate him. He makes no distinctions, and as Christians follow his example, their character will become increasingly like his (Matthew 5:43-48).
It is natural to us to avenge ourselves, and afflict those who afflict us. We find it impossible to love the conduct of a person who curses and reviles us, who injures our person or property, or who violates all the laws of God; but though we may hate this conduct, and suffer keenly when we are affected by it, yet we may pity his madness and foolishness; we may speak kindly and well of him and to him ( the word “bless” means to “speak well of” or “speak well to”); we may return good for evil; we may aid him in the time of trial; we may seek to do him good here and to promote his eternal welfare hereafter.
There is nothing greater than to imitate God in doing good to our enemies. This seems to be what is meant by loving our enemies; it is the highest possible test of religiosity, and probably the most difficult of all duties to be performed. God makes his sun to rise upon the evil and good, and sends rain, without distinction, on the just and unjust. So we should show that we imitate or resemble him, or that we possess his spirit, by doing good in a similar way.
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