27 But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you.
29 To him who strikes you on one cheek, offer him the other also. And if someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your coat as well.
30 Give to every man who asks of you.3 And if someone takes away your goods, do not demand them back.
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.4
32 For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For sinners also love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34 If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? For sinners also lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid.
35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be the children of the Most High. For he is kind to the unthankful and evil.
17 Do not return evil for evil to any man. Make your actions honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live peaceably with everyone.5 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Strive to live at peace with all men."]
19 Dearly beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather avoid retribution. For it is written, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay," says the Lord.
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
|Matthew 5:44-48 |
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you;
45 So that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do than others? Do not even the tax collectors [or pagans] do the same?
48 Therefore, be perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect."8 [There are many scripture references to the requirement of perfection in the New Testament, (click to see), and in the Old Testament too! (click to see). Only the power of God can change a man to be perfect, and the completion of His perfection process of you is when Jesus appears to crush the head of the Satan under your feet. Rom 16:20. We must be righteous as He is righteous, 1 John 3:7-10. We must be merciful as He is merciful, Luke 6:36. We must become pure as He is pure. 1 John 3:3. But as he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of conduct, 1 Pet 1:15. So that we walk as he walked, 1 John 2:6, and as he is, so are we in this present world. 1 John 4:17. There is no flexibility and no equivocation in any of these stated requirements.]