43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Jesus sets high standards, doesn't he? Love your enemies, pray for your persecutors, be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. The world would be transformed if we came close to this. Notice, also, that our loving Father is profligate with His common, uncommon grace. God 'showers' his grace on all, on the righteous and unrighteous alike. As those who belong to Jesus, should we not do likewise?
Lord God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, may I model your grace and love today. This would be worship! Amen.