Matthew 5:43-48 – German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “In the New Testament our enemies are those who harbor hostility against us… The Christian must treat his enemy as a brother, and requite his hostility with love. His behavior must be determined not by the way others treat him, but by the treatment he himself receives from Jesus.”
Those are difficult and stunning words considering the circumstances in which Bonhoeffer lived. And, that is not the same commitment the first century religious leaders had.
In Jesus’ day, the common saying was, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” Though “love your neighbor” IS in the Old Testament Law, the command to hate your enemy” is NOT!
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