A Caveat: this doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to injustices, harm and evil. This is not saying we can’t have appropriate boundaries for protection or to see justice done on behalf of those being hurt or taken advantaged of… this is not a call to stay in abusive situations, nor to overlook wrongs and not stand up for peace, health and protection…
But this challenge/command from Jesus does call for us to move out of the natural orbit and gravitational pull of The Law of RECIPROCITY
==to move beyond a natural emotional response - to a spiritual mature response.
law of reciprocity
This is basically the idea that when someone does something good for us, we have a deep-rooted desire to return the favor…
“You scratch my back and I scratch yours.”
This law of reciprocity makes HUMAN sense!
It’s natural to love those who love us & be good to those good to us.
Jesus upends the law of reciprocity here and says that, while there is nothing wrong with loving those who love us, citizens of his kingdom will take the extra step to love generously and kindly without reciprocity.