‘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.