¶ “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 causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?
Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others?
Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Therefore you are to be perfect; as you’re heavenly Father is perfect.
i brought this up one day at a staff meeting at a large church i was on staff at, a staff of 26, and the response i got was astounding.
After reading the scripter and speaking about clicks in the Christian community of the church one of the pastors said and I quote “I have my friends and I tolerate mankind, I can’t associate with just anyone.” What a sad comment to make, but that mentality is seen in so many Christian circles today, I’ll be social with you at church and ill tolerate you the rest of the week.
Christ has told us to not only be kind to all but to love all people (not what they do but the person) to love our friends but to love our enemies and to pray for them. If you are not willing to treat all men equal to show all mankind love you are no better than a heathen tax collector, if you call yourself a Christian you are a hypocrite and only fooling yourself.
To be a Christian, to be Christ like, is to show love to all mankind, would Christ have come to save you if you were the only person on earth? Yes. But understand that person you may heat or just tolerate Christ would have done the same for them. You are no better than anyone lees on this planet Christ loves us all and if you are going to call yourself a Christian (a follower of Christ, Christ like) than you should have the same heart as Christ and have love for all the people Christ brings in to your life, no matter what they may think believe or do we are to show them love, love just as Christ has shown love to you.
And for those who treat you bad or even look to kill you, you have the responsibility to pray for them each and every one of them. Not speak badly of them as the world allows us even expects to do.
So you want to be perfect; as you’re heavenly Father is perfect go forth and love as Christ loves, openly and freely desiring a good response but not demanding it, and even when others do not except your love like Christ keep loving on them and praying for them.