” Who makes minds His messengers, flames of fire His ministers ( Psalm 104: 4 ); And ” the idols of the nations, are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands ( idols ) have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; ( Psalm 135:15 – 16 ). Therefore, ” to show that you are the Children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrong doers alike. ” ( Matthew 5: 45 ).
The Jewish teachers by neighbor understood only those who were of their own country, nation, and religious, whom they were pleased to look upon as their friends. The Lord Our Dearest Father Jesus teaches that we must do all the real kindness we can to all, especially to their souls. Galatians 6: 10 ” So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good ( morally ) to all people ( not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage ). Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith ( those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers )”.
We pray for them. While many will render good for good, we 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 our Dearest Father.
1 Peter 1: 15 – 16 ” But as the One who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living. For it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy. “