Matthew 5:43-48 (NLT)
43 "You have heard that the Law of Moses says, `Love your neighbor' and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too. 46 If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Jesus is teaching to the crowds on the mountainside. The verse Jesus refers to is Leviticus 19:18, which says, “18"Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” Notice it says nothing about hating your enemy, but Israel had grown to hate its enemies due to their captivity from their own disobedience to the Lord. They used other laws to justify their thoughts. But Jesus said God sends sunshine and rain both to the just and the unjust, to both evil and good. The crowd was to understand they should love all people, for even the most corrupt knew how to love. Jesus wanted them to be different from the world so they could be more like the Father in heaven.

If the most corrupt can love someone, why can’t the most loving love everyone? That is the question Jesus was posing to the crowd and it is the question that remains today. As those who love the Lord we are to reach out to everyone in a loving manner. We are to pray for those who are against us. We are to treat and respect our enemies with kindness. Those who might disregard our feelings, ignore us, wish ill will towards us, we are still to care for them as the Lord would care for them. After all, the Lord cares for us and He cared for us when we were sinners. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Is there someone you need to reach out to? Maybe there is someone you should have reached out to long ago? Pray the Lord helps you to heal the past. Pray as you go forward in life you can touch people’s lives in loving ways. Let people know you have the love of Christ living inside of you.