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,

Unmeltable…

Or so it was thought.

His neighbour visits him,

Occasionally,

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.

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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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