Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
*Memorial Date* (After Sundown)
"Continue to love your enemies." (Matthew 5:44)
Why show love for our enemies? “That you may prove yourselves sons of your Father who is in the heavens,” said Jesus. (Matthew 5:45) If we heed that counsel, we become “sons” of God in that we imitate Jehovah, who “makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous.” Stressing how important it was for his disciples to ‘continue loving their enemies,’ Jesus said: “If you love those loving you, what reward do you have? Are not also the tax collectors doing the same thing? And if you greet your brothers only, what extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing?” (Matthew 5:46, 47) If we were to limit our love to those who reciprocate, this would not merit any “reward,” or favor, from God.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 2:4-6)