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Here is our passage for the week, Matthew 5:43-48.
"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 sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Some questions to stimulate your thinking:
- What is your first impression of this passage?
- Do you pray for your enemies?
- Do you pray for those who persecute you by spreading gossip and lies about you?
- What is the point about God causing the sun to shine on the good and the bad?
- How can we get out of our "love those who love you" comfort zone?
- How far can we go with our own perfection?