So after all these impossible expansions of the law, we get a brief and fleeting whiff of the why behind them, and the motivation keep us focused.
in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven (Matt 5:45 NASB)
Loving like this holds this wonderful promise. But it is so much more than an IF – THEN statement.
In other words Jesus is not just saying IF you do all this stuff THEN you will be accepted into the wonderful status of sonship. And thank goodness, because that is anything but freeing in my mind. That straps a burden on me that there is no way I could bear.
Here is what I am thinking – let me know if this rings true to you.
When we love like this we are a biography. We are painting a picture of a much better lover. We are a photograph of the greatest Lover of all time. We are a representation (or should I say re-presentation) of our Father.
In the old days when you saw a man and his son you might look at the son and say “You’re the spittin’ image of your father” and that is what Jesus is saying here. When you love your enemies etc… you are the spittin’ image of your Father.
Yep – that’s it – I think we have nailed it. And that’s what I want them to say about me today – how about you.
You’re the spittin’ image of your heavenly Father!
Walk with Jesus.