Love Your Enemies
Scripture: Matthew 5:43–5:48
In this last of six illustrations, Jesus does the same two things He has done in each of the first five: He shows the inadequacy of the human-effort kind of righteousness proclaimed by the Pharisees and He shows that God deals with the heart.
In the passage for today, Jesus uses another example in which the Pharisees quoted God's word, despite their abuse of it which resulted in them rationalizing exactly the opposite of what God commands. This time the subject is love.
- The Heresy of the Pharisees (43)
- The Character of Real Love (44-47)
- The Purpose of the Passage (48)