When Jesus said this, He was mandating a radical thought process.
As long as humans could remember, they held it as a virtue to hate their enemies.
When Jesus told them about a new way of loving, it was so way out of the box for everybody who heard it.
And of course, even today, we think the same way as they did back then.
Love your enemies?! Are you kidding?!!!
I wonder what our world would be like if we did this?
43 "You have heard the law that says, 'Love your neighbor' and hate your enemy.
44 But I say, love your enemies!
Pray for those who persecute you!
that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.
For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good,
and he sends
rain on the just and the unjust alike.
46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?
Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.
47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else?
Even pagans do that.
48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.