43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 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, 45 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. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
(Matt. 5:43-48, NKJV)
Jesus has just told the crowds to turn the other cheek, to show kindness even when it’s not natural to do so. But just in case you didn’t quite get it the first time, He expounds on this tough idea.
The common saying of the day was to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But only half of that was actually based in Scripture: Continue reading