Who in your life is difficult for you to love? What’s one way this week you can pray for them, as well as choose to initiate with them as an active choice of love?
What is your first response when you are wronged by someone? Jesus had a lot to say about how citizens of the kingdom respond to those who not just wrong them, but also are their enemies. Harrison Ross walks us through the rest of Matthew chapter 5, verses 33-48, as we continue our series, “Summer on the Mount."
The Sermon on the Mount is about the characteristics of citizens of the kingdom and the conduct which marks them. It’s about kingdom living for kingdom people.
This part of Matthew 5 has six different sections that each contain a Command from God (Tradition), a Correct understanding (Truth), and a Call to action (Task).
God gave us the law to put order into chaos, to give justice to injustice.
The call to action from Matthew 5:38-42 is: Retaliation shouldn’t be your first response.
When you are wronged, you may not act out in retaliation, but how do you respond in your heart?
Jesus isn’t asking you to do anything that He wasn’t willing to do and didn’t do Himself.
Jesus doesn’t call us to be right, He calls us to be righteous—even when we are wronged.
Loving someone when you are wronged is not pacifism, it’s an active choice.
The call to action from Matthew 5:43-47 is: Radically love.
Don’t be a punching bag, be a peacemaker. Don’t hate, initiate in love.
Jesus says love is an expectation without exception because of His example so that others may experience the love of God and exalt Him for eternity.
Love is what changed our lives—and it could be what God would use to change the lives of your enemies.
Love like the Father loves. Love others like the Father loves you.
Prayer is a form of love. Have you prayed for your enemies? For those who have hurt you the most?
What’s the application of Matthew 5:48? Be like Jesus.
We not only are called to speak the truth in love but BE the truth in love.
Jesus isn’t just the one who gave the Sermon on the Mount, He is the one who has done it!
In light of Matthew 5:20-48, see your imperfection, take God’s provision, and follow His perfect example.