In this section of Scripture, Jesus is giving the Sermon on the Mount.
You know, honestly, I thought of skipping this section and finding another. The Sermon on the Mount seems so far out of my reach to carry out. Does it you?
v.27 Love your enemies – well, He is changing me in this way so I see hope in this.
v.28 Bless them that curse you – it become a little harder but still doable when I rely on Jesus.
v.29 unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other – well we step into a whole new game here, right.
v.30 give to every man that asketh of thee – really? Every person?
v. 35 “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again;” v.36 “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” V. 37 “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” Wow, all of what Jesus was saying flew right in the face of each man’s flesh and fleshly mindsets. It’s a tall order to fill to say the least…
maybe that is why Jesus goes on to say: v.41 “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in they brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”
Back to the list – my perception of this list is altogether wrong I think. It seems to me this list is a goal, a mark to aspire too, a high calling – and by aspiring to that high calling we have no time to judge others, condemn others, or see “mote’s” in their eyes.
The list is “as your Father also is” – a call to be like our Father, to be Christlike, because if you see Jesus then you’ve seen the Father. Right now we are Father’s kids, clunking around in His giant shoes, playing grown up – thankfully He is faithful to complete the work He has started in each of us.
Maturity is a high calling, but one we will reach through Christ Jesus.
Praise You Jesus, there is always something new to learn in Your Word, if we will but listen.