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« on: April 16, 2014, 10:18:15 PM »

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43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Context is everything and it struck me the other day that this statement about being perfect is said on the tails of a very hard saying about loving even our enemies.  I think that Jesus is basically saying:

This commandment is extremely hard and completely against the nature of mankind.  However, doing this will make you sons of God because that is how His nature is and that is what he does and it is the highest test of intestinal fortitude and strength of character.

If a person can perfectly love their enemies who despitefully use them and who are trying every angle to destroy them, what is there left that that person cannot overcome or do?  This is probably the most difficult commandment of Christianity and yet under it lies the power of God and the power to overcome this world system and this present evil age.  By choosing not to retaliate but to love instead, we stop in its tracks a spiral of death and revenge and tit for tat.

This is not easy to do living in the world with governments, bad drivers, teenagers, spouses, police officers and IRS agents and the like.  Nevertheless something to meditate on...
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2014, 12:05:34 PM »

Indeed.  It is probably the hardest area to grow in because it is so contrary to the flesh, the world and the very order of things.  God help us all :-)
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