Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
"Continue to love your enemies, to do good to those hating you, to bless those cursing you, to pray for those who are insulting you" (Luke 6:27, 28)
The common Jewish greeting included the word "peace." (Judges 19:20; John 20:19) This was an implied wish for the health, welfare, and prosperity of the person greeted. It would not be an "extraordinary thing" if we were to greet only those whom we consider to be our "brothers." As Jesus pointed out, something similar was done by "people of the nations." (Matthew 5:46, 47) Inherited sin made it impossible for Christ's disciples to be flawless, perfect. (Romans 5:12) Yet, Jesus said: "You must accordingly be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) He was thereby encouraging his listeners to imitate their "heavenly Father," Jehovah, by perfecting their love—making it complete by loving their enemies. The same thing is expected of us.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 2:4, 7, 8)