you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love
those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what
credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from
whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to
sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get
anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of
the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be
merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
God requires us to love like he does and who he does: those who are
unloving and not very lovely. The kind of love that God models and requires
is not natural. It's not easy. Look, the pagans can do the
self-congratulating love. Who can't love the lovely people who love you?
It's not that hard. On the other hand, God wants us to love the people who
are unloving and unlovely. This is the kind of love that reflects Christ's
love in the gospels. Christians, those who follow Christ, are to have the
gospel be the model and motivation for our love.