The sentiment of these verses where Jesus teaches about love for one’s enemies is actually pretty good, it’s just a shame that it’s wrapped around by the usual Christian gobbledegook. Do these things because you’ll get into heaven seems to be the thrust of the reasoning. I suppose that when you’re the son of a god one naturally assumes that one’s pronouncements are moral, so I guess Jesus doesn’t need to give any reasoning that calls to the hear and now for why to do these things, and so the reward for doing them is once again deferred to the afterlife. Still, full marks for bringing a little morality to the sermon.
Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children 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. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
And that brings us to the end of the long haul that was Matthew 5. Skipping ahead to Matthew 6 it looks like there’s 7 sections there, so we’re not going to get through the sermon any time soon.