In Matthew 5, The Lord Jesus introduces us to the law of love.
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.”Matthew 5:21-22
The Lord Jesus shows us that getting angry against our brother/sister is as reprehensible as a murder. He invites us also to be reconciled with our brother/sister before presenting an offering to God. We see, therefore, that with the law of love, any acts of wickedness is condemnable however small it may be.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. “Matthew 5:38-39
The Lord invites us to put aside any feeling of revenge. So when someone hurts us instead thinking about how to take revenge we must rather learn to forgive that person.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children Of your Father in Heaven. ” Matthew 5:43-45
It is easy to love those who are close to us and who love us! But here, The Lord Jesus told us to love even our enemies, pray for those who persecute us. He teaches us to be like God, our Father, Who Is Good to all. By following His Example, we must learn to love even those who hate us, and persecute us. So that we can truly be called children Of God and disciples Of Christ for The Lord Jesus Himself said:
“By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35