Matthew 5:43-48
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you this: Love your enemies, and pray for e who persecute you. In this way you show that you are children of your Father in heaven. He makes his sun rise on people whether they are good or evil. He lets rain fall on them whether they are just or unjust. If you love those who love you, do you deserve a reward? Even the tax collectors do that! Are you doing anything remarkable if you welcome only your friends? Everyone does that! That is why you must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Be perfect. What a terrible command! And not just the kind of perfection that a man may reach, but be as perfect as God is perfect. I’m not perfect. Don’t look at me like that. You’re not perfect either. The fact that we haven’t reached the goal shouldn’t keep us from running the race.

What is the key to gaining this perfection? Love! Have you ever considered what it would be like to truly love your enemy? They could not be your enemy if you loved them. Now listen, that doesn’t mean that you are not their enemy, just that they aren’t yours. However, if you begin treating them as beloved, they may eventually realize that you are no longer their enemy either.

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