Matthew 5:46 If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that.
Here Jesus does it again; he challenges us to not be content with the minimum and celebrate because we are loving the lovable. He wants us to get to the place where those who get under our skin, the person in the office who just rubs you the wrong way, the relative who seems to have it out for you… Jesus says, don’t let them bring out the worst in you, rather let them bring out the best in you. I can honestly tell you that this is an area of challenge for me. It’s not like I can just work at that today. This is the kind of thing that I have to remain conscious about and work on always. Lord help me to love your people like you love me. Help me to love those who try to hurt me.