Sermon on the Mount: 6.Love Your Enemies – a poem

‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’ – Matthew 5:48

For the final law in Matthew 5 about loving your enemies, I decided to write a poem. It is a demanding law, and yet at the same time remarkably simple. I think the verse that illustrates my poem the best is: ‘But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.’ (Matthew 5:44-45).

Love Your Neighbour

An old man sits,

Crumpled over the crackling fire:

The flames making the room warm, orange,

But he still appears to be tinged icy blue,

In his grey, thin clothes;

Hard at heart,


Or so it was thought.

His neighbour visits him,


But usually she’s busy with her own family.

At home she moans about the old man,

Says he’s a rude and ungrateful burden;

When she next decides to do her duty,

Her own son goes with her, a burden she loves dearly.

The small child laughs as he runs to greet the old man:

He clambers straight onto his knee

And holds his face in his tiny palms;

Two generations of boys look intently at each other.

The old man frowns, confused…

And then he smiles.


I completed the challenge! I hope you have enjoyed the series of posts about the laws in Matthew 5 this week and have learnt something from them.


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