It is only logical that people in other countries would hate them
To drive this home, let’s consider some of the Greek language in this passage. The Greek word for “hate” is miseo that means to “detest” or “to love less.” The word for “enemy” comes from the Greek echthros meaning “hateful, hostile, or adversary.” Remember the passage on the Law of Reciprocity If the Israelites hated people from other countries, it is only logical that people in other countries would hate them and would retaliate with equal, if not escalated, feelings and actions.
Jesus showed the Jewish community that their misinterpretation of the old laws led tohatredtoward people they did not even know that resulted in a breakdown of relationships.Instead of hating, Jesus showed them that they should love their enemies. TheGreek word for love here is agapao, the very basis for The Beatitudes! Jesus stated in this passage that the spirit of the law called for people to naturally feel goodwill toward one another,even if the other person was a stranger. However, a quick reading of Jesus’ commentsto the Pharisees in the Gospels will dispel any belief of Jesus being a pacifist.
Of additional interest in this passage is the use of the Greek words for “sons” and “brothers” which are huios and adelphos, respectfully. Both words imply a distant or figurative kinship.Jesus did not speak about true sons or brothers, but rather that people should look upon those with whom they are interacting as if they were either their children or siblings.
Jesus calls Christian leaders to learn about people before making judgment. If a positive relationship occurs, then feelings of goodwill are in order. This passage relates to competitors, as well. Unfortunately, many business management writers teach that business is like war and you must fight against your competitors. However, if we follow Jesus’ teaching here, we must approach competitors with feelings of goodwill and seek ways to collaborate instead of seeking destructive competitive methods.
This does not mean that we stop operating as separate companies. For instance, the Japanese taught United States firms how to work in symbiosis. Japanese firms shared research and exploration, and then each firm, using the jointly gained information, developed the best products possible for the customer.
There was a time when my printing company had a fire in the plant. It was a small fire with minimal damage, but it was big enough to get a mention on the 6:00 p.m. news. At 6:30 p.m. I received a call from a major competitor who had seen the news report, and to my surprise was calling to see if we needed additional press capacity. He offered to provide one of his presses for us to use while the damage was repaired. The competitor’s action showed love and concern. We did not need the capacity since the fire did not affect any of the production equipment, but I can tell you that from that moment on, my attitude toward the competitor was one of support and concern Our two firms later worked together on joint ventures that benefited both of our firms, and especially our mutual customers. Would this have been possible had we hated each other? Of course not. Jesus calls us to think, feel, and behave in ways that bless everyone around us, including ourselves. This must start with our heart attitude. Matthew 12:34 says
In this first verse, Jesus is responding to the Pharisees, and in the second verse, Jesus is explaining a parable to his disciples. Jesus’ message throughout the New Testament continuallystresses and re-stresses the spirit of God’s original message. Now, re-read this Sermon on the Mount passage and the one before it as a single passage showing theinterpretation of the law and the spirit of the law. This passage is about heartattitude,not pacifism.
Augsburger (1982) addresses this section of the Sermon on the Mount as Jesus’ treatment on lifestyle and motive. Jesus selected the three most important elements of Jewish religious tradition: almsgiving, prayer, and fasting and brought them to the forefront. I combine them because the message is the same in all three. Jesus condemns service with an ulterior motive and emphasizes service for the sake of righteousness. The New International Version of the Scriptures translates this into “acts of righteousness,” and the King James translates it into “alms” from the Greek word eleemosune meaning “compassionateness, beneficence,” or “good deeds.” Jesus calls the agapao leader to behave in righteous ways because it is the right thing to do. This behavior is in contrast to the actions of a leader who participates in company functions just so that upper leadership might see him “being” good. These actions are also in contrast to the leader who would offer training to a younger leader as a way of proving what a good corporate citizen he is. Jesus says that God will not reward leaders who do acts with a hidden agenda, because the leaders have already received their rewards.
While we should behave in a private ways, we should also expect God to acknowledge us publicly. For a long time, I did not understand this passage and I interpreted the text to mean that leaders should do good deeds out of the public’s sight, so that if anyone found out and gave recognition, the act of kindness would be even more out in the open, thus further violating Jesus’ teaching. But what the passage really says is to do acts of kindness with the right attitude of just wanting to help for the sake of wanting to help. If you receive recognition and gratitude from someone as a result, accept it warmly and sincerely, but never do the act expecting a reward.
I suppose the question is, “Do you want to serve or to be served?” Servant leadership teaches that we should follow Jesus’ teaching to do good acts with the right motive. Think about yourself, or someone that you know, who agrees to speak before a group of people. After the event, when the participants are preparing to leave, the speaker lingers near the table or podium in hope that people will come and say how much they enjoyed the speech. Did the speaker come to serve or to be served? While everyone enjoys a compliment, Jesus warns us to be aware of our motives behind our behavior. Do you act because you thought you would get a compliment, or did you act because it was the right thing to do?
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