27 只是我告訴你們這聽道的人，你們的仇敵，要愛他！恨你們的，要待他好！ 28 咒詛你們的，要為他祝福！凌辱你們的，要為他禱告！ 29 有人打你這邊的臉，連那邊的臉也由他打。有人奪你的外衣，連裡衣也由他拿去。 30 凡求你的，就給他。有人奪你的東西去，不用再要回來。 31 你們願意人怎樣待你們，你們也要怎樣待人。 32 你們若單愛那愛你們的人，有甚麼可酬謝的呢？就是罪人也愛那愛他們的人。 33 你們若善待那善待你們的人，有甚麼可酬謝的呢？就是罪人也是這樣行。 34 你們若借給人，指望從他收回，有甚麼可酬謝的呢？就是罪人也借給罪人，要如數收回。 35 你們倒要愛仇敵，也要善待他們，並要借給人不指望償還，你們的賞賜就必大了，你們也必作至高者的兒子；因為他恩待那忘恩的和作惡的。 36 你們要慈悲，像你們的父慈悲一樣。
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
- Jesus’ call to love enemies often frightens us, and so we tend to ignore it. If we love our enemies, won’t they take advantage of us and won’t we be more vulnerable to attacks? What Jesus is emphasizing by asking us to love, bless and pray for our enemies and turn our other cheek, is for us to break the cycle of hostility and animosity.
- After all, God broke the pattern by one bold act of love, sending his son to suffer and die for our sins. As we respond to that love, accepting the salvation Christ brings, our whole attitude toward God has changed, and we now love and want to please Him. No, it is not an easy thing to do, but following Christ has never been an easy thing to do. Yet, it does make us free.
- Name a person who has wronged me. Read this passage. Ask Jesus to give me his forgiveness for that person and take away the hatred and revengeful attitude in my heart.
v31 is often called the “Golden Rule.” Can you explain why? Notice that it is a positive statement rather than a negative one. Discuss how it can be of value in our lives today. Choose one of the valuable lessons to do this week. Record it in your Family Journal.