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  • Christine Ayala


Love is the answer to most questions about people. When you follow Christ, we are to love others no matter what. Even if they’re mean and difficult. Listen to what Jesus said:

”You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.“


“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 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. 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 own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.“

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭38-‭48‬

The word translated as “perfect” is ‘teleios ’ in Greek, and it means to be whole and complete. It’s a lot like Shalom in Hebrew. So the Lord is telling us that to be whole, we need to respond in a loving way to other people - even those who are selfish, mean, unloving, or undeserving. We aren’t supposed to “teach them a lesson.” Just love. (Disclaimer- that doesn’t mean not having healthy boundaries to protect from danger and abuse)

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