Matthew 5:43-48 (Love Your Enemies)

I have been pondering a good bit lately about what it means to “love your enemies.” I am going to post about regularly over the next month or two.

Today, I just want to share share Matthew 5:43-48. Below are those verses from three different English translations.

Matthew 5:43-48 (KJV)

> Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48 (ESV)

> You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. ’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is 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. 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, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48 (NSRV)

> You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor 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.

The is a lot there to chew on from the perspective of moral psychology.

What stands out to you about these verses?

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  • Sandra Christine

    Life is about lessons learned and one of the greatest lessons is learning to love others through forgiving, instead of hating them. I believe this would first include loving our-self. When we forgive our-self for our own weaknesses and failings we set an example of unconditional love to those within the circle of our influence. When learning to forgive our self we can choose to forgive the shortcomings of others by praying with a sincere broken and contrite heart. We are required to forgive all and God forgives whom he may. Justice should always be tempered with mercy. This would appear to be a commandment, especially when he further teaches us through inspired scripture to (paraphrasing) Love the Lord God with all our being and everyone else as we love our self which tells us that we are to love our-self, as well, instead of being guilt ridden with shame and self-recrimination. Seeking to trust God through the Atonement of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ…even the Messiah, it is the ultimate gift of loving and forgiving, which in the end it is love that covers a multitude of wrongs. To a lesser degree we can choose to love and the act of forgiving one another is a choice we should all be seeking as individuals and collectively as nations.