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Matthew 5:43-48

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Jesus said to the disciples, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Matthew 5:43-48
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    • There are those who aspire to living a quiet life among ordinary decent people – Jesus calls us to something else! If we are to be a light for the world and salt for others, then we need to be alive and bring life. Turn to God and ask for the help that you need, perhaps for courage to give witness to hope.
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    • Prayer and love can go together. To pray for another person opens our heart to him or her. It is one of the ways of forgiveness, and a step on paths to healing. We can come to see the love of God which is poured on all, by looking at another person.
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    • Jesus emphasises that the easy option is not the correct one. How simple to love and be happy with those who love you! But the Kingdom of God is much bigger than that: you must love all.
    • Lord, you call us out of our comfort zones. We are to be as God is. Our growth is measured by the breadth of our love. Help us to grow in love!
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    • There is a footnote to the biblical story of the Egyptian army being drowned in the Red Sea, while the Jews escaped dry-footed. The rabbis imagined the angels starting a paean of praise to God, but the Lord interrupting them sadly: /The work of my hands are sunk in the sea, and you would sing before me!/ When Jesus bids us be perfect like God, he means that we try to love as generously and universally as God, and to be good even to those who dislike us.
    • The sobering words s of Jesus about enemies come into prayer again today. The demand is high to love even enemies. Jesus in other places is more gentle. We need to put both sides together - the comforting and the challenging. Maybe he is content with our good desire to forgive, and understands with compassion when we cannot. We can always pray for the enemy, for the one who has done us harm. Prayer for someone is the beginning of a softening attitude which may one day be forgiveness.
    • The command, ‘to be perfect’ is better translated as ‘be complete’. This completion is like being merciful and compassionate, or being holy. From our reading of other parts of the gospel we know that this is a grace from God. Fulfilment in Jesus Christ is not attained only through our own efforts. It happens when we open ourselves to the action of Jesus in our lives, and try to model and shape our lives on his. If we keep before us the ideal of being men and women for others, our lives will become complete.
    • Words of love and tolerance to our enemies and to all who hurt us are difficult. In prayer we might just pray for those who have treated us badly. Allow the sun shine on them in your imagination. Forgiveness may come later or sooner. Jesus has died for all; in our place at the death of Jesus we meet all for whom he died. God knows also that we only slowly bring deep hurts to light. God is with us in love in the hurts and in the enmities of our lives.
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    • There is a footnote to the biblical story of the Egyptian army being drowned in the Red Sea, while the Jews escaped dry-footed. The rabbis imagined the angels starting a paean of praise to God, but the Lord interrupting them sadly: /The work of my hands are sunk in the sea, and you would sing before me!/ When Jesus bids us be perfect like God, he means that we try to love as generously and universally as God, and to be good even to those who dislike us.
    • The sobering words s of Jesus about enemies come into prayer again today. The demand is high to love even enemies. Jesus in other places is more gentle. We need to put both sides together - the comforting and the challenging. Maybe he is content with our good desire to forgive, and understands with compassion when we cannot. We can always pray for the enemy, for the one who has done us harm. Prayer for someone is the beginning of a softening attitude which may one day be forgiveness.
    • The command, ‘to be perfect’ is better translated as ‘be complete’. This completion is like being merciful and compassionate, or being holy. From our reading of other parts of the gospel we know that this is a grace from God. Fulfilment in Jesus Christ is not attained only through our own efforts. It happens when we open ourselves to the action of Jesus in our lives, and try to model and shape our lives on his. If we keep before us the ideal of being men and women for others, our lives will become complete.
    • Words of love and tolerance to our enemies and to all who hurt us are difficult. In prayer we might just pray for those who have treated us badly. Allow the sun shine on them in your imagination. Forgiveness may come later or sooner. Jesus has died for all; in our place at the death of Jesus we meet all for whom he died. God knows also that we only slowly bring deep hurts to light. God is with us in love in the hurts and in the enmities of our lives.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • There is a footnote to the biblical story of the Egyptian army being drowned in the Red Sea, while the Jews escaped dry-footed. The rabbis imagined the angels starting a paean of praise to God, but the Lord interrupting them sadly: /The work of my hands are sunk in the sea, and you would sing before me!/ When Jesus bids us be perfect like God, he means that we try to love as generously and universally as God, and to be good even to those who dislike us.
    • The sobering words s of Jesus about enemies come into prayer again today. The demand is high to love even enemies. Jesus in other places is more gentle. We need to put both sides together - the comforting and the challenging. Maybe he is content with our good desire to forgive, and understands with compassion when we cannot. We can always pray for the enemy, for the one who has done us harm. Prayer for someone is the beginning of a softening attitude which may one day be forgiveness.
    • The command, ‘to be perfect’ is better translated as ‘be complete’. This completion is like being merciful and compassionate, or being holy. From our reading of other parts of the gospel we know that this is a grace from God. Fulfilment in Jesus Christ is not attained only through our own efforts. It happens when we open ourselves to the action of Jesus in our lives, and try to model and shape our lives on his. If we keep before us the ideal of being men and women for others, our lives will become complete.
    • Words of love and tolerance to our enemies and to all who hurt us are difficult. In prayer we might just pray for those who have treated us badly. Allow the sun shine on them in your imagination. Forgiveness may come later or sooner. Jesus has died for all; in our place at the death of Jesus we meet all for whom he died. God knows also that we only slowly bring deep hurts to light. God is with us in love in the hurts and in the enmities of our lives.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • There is a footnote to the biblical story of the Egyptian army being drowned in the Red Sea, while the Jews escaped dry-footed. The rabbis imagined the angels starting a paean of praise to God, but the Lord interrupting them sadly: /The work of my hands are sunk in the sea, and you would sing before me!/ When Jesus bids us be perfect like God, he means that we try to love as generously and universally as God, and to be good even to those who dislike us.
    • The sobering words s of Jesus about enemies come into prayer again today. The demand is high to love even enemies. Jesus in other places is more gentle. We need to put both sides together - the comforting and the challenging. Maybe he is content with our good desire to forgive, and understands with compassion when we cannot. We can always pray for the enemy, for the one who has done us harm. Prayer for someone is the beginning of a softening attitude which may one day be forgiveness.
    • The command, ‘to be perfect’ is better translated as ‘be complete’. This completion is like being merciful and compassionate, or being holy. From our reading of other parts of the gospel we know that this is a grace from God. Fulfilment in Jesus Christ is not attained only through our own efforts. It happens when we open ourselves to the action of Jesus in our lives, and try to model and shape our lives on his. If we keep before us the ideal of being men and women for others, our lives will become complete.
    • Words of love and tolerance to our enemies and to all who hurt us are difficult. In prayer we might just pray for those who have treated us badly. Allow the sun shine on them in your imagination. Forgiveness may come later or sooner. Jesus has died for all; in our place at the death of Jesus we meet all for whom he died. God knows also that we only slowly bring deep hurts to light. God is with us in love in the hurts and in the enmities of our lives.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • There is a footnote to the biblical story of the Egyptian army being drowned in the Red Sea, while the Jews escaped dry-footed. The rabbis imagined the angels starting a paean of praise to God, but the Lord interrupting them sadly: /The work of my hands are sunk in the sea, and you would sing before me!/ When Jesus bids us be perfect like God, he means that we try to love as generously and universally as God, and to be good even to those who dislike us.
    • The sobering words s of Jesus about enemies come into prayer again today. The demand is high to love even enemies. Jesus in other places is more gentle. We need to put both sides together - the comforting and the challenging. Maybe he is content with our good desire to forgive, and understands with compassion when we cannot. We can always pray for the enemy, for the one who has done us harm. Prayer for someone is the beginning of a softening attitude which may one day be forgiveness.
    • The command, ‘to be perfect’ is better translated as ‘be complete’. This completion is like being merciful and compassionate, or being holy. From our reading of other parts of the gospel we know that this is a grace from God. Fulfilment in Jesus Christ is not attained only through our own efforts. It happens when we open ourselves to the action of Jesus in our lives, and try to model and shape our lives on his. If we keep before us the ideal of being men and women for others, our lives will become complete.
    • Words of love and tolerance to our enemies and to all who hurt us are difficult. In prayer we might just pray for those who have treated us badly. Allow the sun shine on them in your imagination. Forgiveness may come later or sooner. Jesus has died for all; in our place at the death of Jesus we meet all for whom he died. God knows also that we only slowly bring deep hurts to light. God is with us in love in the hurts and in the enmities of our lives.