by Wally Fry

Saturday, September 28

A New Application of an Old Commandment

Matthew 5:43-48

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy,” Matthew 5:43.

Here, Jesus references back to possibly several places in the Old Testament where God’s people are instructed to love their neighbor. There is, however, a problem with the thought process His listeners were using, and Jesus clearly identified the issue. He said, “Ye have heard” that they were to love their neighbor, and that it was okay to hate their enemies. The problem was that they had heard, and been taught that. Neither they nor the ones who taught them that had ever read that in Scripture. Simply put, this was a man-made perversion of God’s Word.

Many have not changed much in the way they handle God’s Word. They still attempt to twist it and turn it to meet their own selfish desires. Once again, people were looking for the loophole; once again, there is no loophole.

Our title today calls this a new application of an old commandment; that is technically not true, in that the commandment has not changed. So, this is not so much a new application as it is a correct teaching. God says what He means, and means what He says. We are not to hate anyone; God has always been perfectly clear about that, and the fact that loving all others is a hallmark of those who are His. God loves us always, despite what we may or may not do; likewise, we are to love others, despite what they may or may not do.

JUST A THOUGHT: God’s love for us does not come and go based on what we do; our love for others should not either.

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