Thursday, November 14, 2013

Matthew 5:43-48 Love Your Enemies (part 2) - Steve Gregg



 Steve continues with Jesus' out-of-this-world instruction on loving our enemies.

Matthew 5:43-48

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Love Your Enemies

 

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[a] 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,[b] 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[c] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[d] do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:43 Compare Leviticus 19:18
  2. Matthew 5:44 NU-Text omits three clauses from this verse, leaving, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
  3. Matthew 5:47 M-Text reads friends.
  4. Matthew 5:47 NU-Text reads Gentiles.