John Stott says this of Sunday and next Sundays passages:
The two final antithesis bring us to the highest point of the sermon on the mount, for which it is most admired and most resented, mainly the attitude of total love which Christ calls us to show towards one who is evil (39) and our enemies (44). Nowhere is the challenge of the sermon greater.
Nowhere is the distinctness of the Christian culture more obvious.
Nowhere is our need for the power of the Holy Spirit, who’s first fruit is love, more compelling.
As you read through the passage what do you think about Stott’s statement?