|At the tax collector (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Jesus speaks about love in more depth than we usually do. He gives examples that seem extreme to us. Loving enemies is kind of over the top. It's easy enough to love those who are our family members, but if that's all we do, our love doesn't cost us much. We love them anyway. God calls us to love beyond the easy steps, to go the extra mile. He does it and he wants us to follow his example.
But really, love the tax collector? Love the criminal? Love the mean child? Yes, the one that bit my son. God looks at this love as a challenge to our normal way of behaving. It could be easy. If I just had to love the people at Church, and the kids on our team, and the nice people I work with, I'd be very loving and generous. But does he really want me to love those other people that look down their noses at me and insult me on the bus.