Some passages you wish others would be assigned to preach, at least initially. Who can do love in this way? The bent of our hearts goes in another direction. “Jesus loves me so do I, I love me and so should you.” When I read this I alternate between despair and delight, delight in the lofty ideal of this kind of love and despair in falling short. This is wonderful! This is impossible! I can’t do this and neither can you on your own. You can’t work this up on your own or work this out from inside. Yet God does not command what He will not empower! What is impossible for you to accomplish is not impossible for God to accomplish in you. It won’t happen all at once. You won’t wake up tomorrow and have this fixed.
But this is encouraging. In the midst of hostility and opposition finally we see a genuine seeker. This is the only time where Jesus commends a scribe. In previous verses the scribes were part of the opposition. In the following verses Jesus will warn about the scribes. Here is one who comes with an honest question. Something about Jesus has attracted him. Read more »