Love Your Enemies
"You have heard that it was said, y 'You shall love your neighbor z and hate your enemy.'
"But I say to you, a love your enemies, bless those who curse you, b do good to those who hate you, and pray c for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
"that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for d He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
e "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
"And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
f "Therefore you shall be perfect, just g as your Father in heaven is perfect.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
Deuteronomy 23:3 - 6
An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the LORD forever.
But You, O LORD, be merciful to me, and raise me up, That I may repay them.
But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
1 Corinthians 4:12
And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure.
1 Peter 2:23
Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.
Is there any number to His armies? Upon whom does His light not rise?
Psalms 65:9 - 13
You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it.
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
"And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?'
"Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."
But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
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