Can you love people who do not love you?

Matthew Bible Background

01.06.2018 – New Testament: Matt 5.46–47

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 5.27–48 on January 6, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

How we treat others who are not of our circle, says a great deal about us. Jesus teaches that our righteousness must exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 5.20), and one way to do that is by how we treat people outside of our group, as Jesus taught further,

“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?” (Matthew 5.46–47).

Someone has to show love first and someone has to give the greeting first. Why does it have to be the other person? If we are disciples of Christ, should we not be the ones to initiate it?


  • How do you treat other people?
  • How do you treat people whom you have never met?

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