As we give further consideration to the Sermon on the Mount, we find that we cannot just say ‘Although it is quite beyond me, it’s a fine ideal; it’s good to look at that kind of standard from time to time’. This reaction just will not do.
There comes a time when we are faced with a situation where the expression of love calls for everything we have in us whatever the consequences may be, this is when we know what unconditional love demands. When we see folk rising to the occasion, to meet these demands, we recognise their response as heroism and are proud to belong to the same human race.
If the Christian life is a demand for heroism and self-sacrifice beyond our power, the Christian gospel is the offer of a life and power beyond our understanding. Jesus not only spoke about the demands of love; He revealed the love about which He spoke.