The Beautiful Way of Jesus
Living the Christian life requires knowing the word of God well. In two encounters with some Bible experts, Jesus teaches us that there is something more to knowing God's word than just mastering the details of the words in the Bible. In the course of these encounters, Matthew shows us that Jesus is the One who has come to establish justice on the earth. His way is not through coercive force, but through the gentle and beautiful heart of God.
The path of discipleship in Jesus includes iitating his ministry of healing by bringing love's touch to people and situations needing to be set right.
Religious people mean well when creating many expectations--even rules--to govern how to be truly religious. In this passage, Jesus provides a form of the one rule commanded for his followers to follow in their lives.
Love is the Way
Jesus reveals the keystone for everything he has been preaching so far in the Sermon on the Mount. To be righteous is to imitate the Father in heaven. Since the Father always loves his enemies, those who truly are God's children do the same.