I just had to share this verse and commentary today. I receive daily scripture emails and this one really struck me this morning. I like what Whitehead says in his commentary about how loving your enemies creates hope that God loves everyone. No matter what wrong we do, what we believe or don’t believe, God is still there for us.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons 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. – Matthew 5:43-45
Jesus was stretching the imagination of the Jewish listeners. To love your enemies is to acknowledge that God loves them too. This is another way of saying that there is hope for anyone. No matter how evil or unrighteous someone may seem, the sun still shines upon them. We are challenged to live in the love of our heavenly Father, who wishes for none to perish and all to come to repentance.
by: Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
Originally Posted 8/27/10
This week there has been a lot of chatter about the insensitivity of religions toward each other (i.e..the mosque at Ground Zero & scheduled Quran burnings in Florida). Often times we let fear incite emotions in us that aren’t right. I was reminded yesterday of Mother Teresa’s work and wrote this article. Hope you enjoy it.