The Lord Jesus teaches that we must do all the real kindness we can to all, especially to their souls. In the Book of Matthew 5: 47 ” And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? Do not even the publicans the same? ” This is another opportunity to hammered that Christ died for the humanity expressing simply His love; therefore, His followers must be portrayed love in all circumstances with their ” neighbors ” – Salutation as defined by Oxford dictionary is ” the act of saluting, or paying respect or reverence, by the customary words or actions; the act of greeting, or expressing good will or courtesy…“Our Lord and Savior, our Father is admonishing us not to be conform the worldly standard of instinct greetings to the friends & relatives, which aim is to render sympathy to loved one and avoid embarrassment in our ” entourage “. However, we must pray for the world ( Publicans in the Scriptures ), while many will render good for good, we ” followers ” must render good for evil, and this will speak a nobler principle than most men act by. Others salute their brethren, and embrace those of their own party, and way, and opinion, but we must not so confine our respect. It is the duty of Christians to desire, and aim at, and press towards perfection in grace and holiness. And therein we must study to conform ourselves to the example of our heavenly Father. 1 Peter 1: 15-16 ” But as he which have called you is Holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, be you holy; for I am Holy. ”
Surely more is to be expected from the followers of Christ than from others: a follower of Christ looks for complete satisfaction in heaven; he doesn’t indulge in anger, lust, divorce, lying or retaliation; he does not serve money; he does not consumed by worry; he deals with challenges in his own life before trying to deal with other people’s problems; he trusts in and depends on Him; he is genuine and discerning; he treats people the way he would want to be treated.
Surely more will be found in them than in others. Let us beg of God to enable us to prove ourselves His Children