In this lesson from the Sermon on the Mount the truly hard cases are dealt with. How is one to react to insult, injury, and bothersome requests? And if one has enemies, how does one relate to them? The first part of the text deals generally with nonresistance. Jesus departed from the given form of the law to get to a deeper concern: one should not go about life seeking revenge for wrongs committed against them. Christians are not to let their own concerns for self govern their attitude toward others, regardless of how insulting, annoying, abusive, or demanding others may be. What is at stake, then, in this section (5:38-42) of the Sermon on the Mount is a way of life that is responsive to the will of God, not self-will, in problems which face us. The next section (Matt 5:43-48) deals with the extent of love. Jesus said, Christians are to love their enemies and pray for their persecutors. To love one’s enemies sounds impossible. But the term love has a breadth of meaning in the Bible it does not have today. Love in the Bible is not merely an emotional thing, nor is it “liking” the other person to a high degree. It is a commitment of the one who loves toward the other person, and it seeks the well-being of the latter. Christians love not because other people evoke a feeling of love from them, but because it is the Christian’s nature to love; the Christian is simply a loving person. Christ himself gives us the capacity to love, and even forgive!