Loving others

A thought on Matthew 5:46-47, which reads:

Matt. 5:46   If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

Prejudicial love is no barometer of one’s moral life. Prejudicial love, in fact, indicates self-love. To love only those who are like us is a way of loving ourselves. But to love enemies breaks through the self-barrier and rockets us into divine space.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    Is love relative in this? Does it mean we should love the other the same as, …, everyone else?… I can easily see folks loving some more, than others, but loving nonetheless.

  • http://www.christianbookdesign.com Jeff Doles

    I blogged on this section a couple of years ago, “A Heart That Freely Loves,” in a series I call “The Sermon of Heaven on Earth.”