Is it madness to consider love a weapon against an adversary or should one let anger armor the heart with hatred? Is it insanity to have standards of perfection when the world loves to remind you that nobody is? Greeting a stranger, loving an enemy or praying for an enemy are all easier said than done and yet, Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that". This one is for the real ones and you can follow along in Matthew (5:43-48).
I believe that anybody can use the label 'Christian' but not everyone can love like God. That's why Jesus uses the motivator of being 'sons of our Father in heaven'. Only a real one (son or daughter) will seek the Father's approval through obedience. They'll seek to greet everyone, pray for a hater (persecutor), and have the capacity to show kindness to a bully.
We underestimate the power of love. Love becomes dangerous when you can wish someone a nice day after they spit threats in your face. Love can be invasive when you enter a room and acknowledge the individuals that are present. Love can destroy fortresses of fear if one remembers to stay curious over being judgmental towards others. Do not mistake kindness for weakness or silence for submission. Love is a weapon.
Jesus expects perfection in our use of this weapon, perfect love is treating others kindly while not waiting for others treat you kindly. Jesus wants us motivated to prove we are really God's children - one of the elect. I believe one loves like God after experiencing His love. Consider this question: if God sends rain on the just in the unjust, why did eight people get saved and Noah's ark? We'll explore that in the next blog post.