Love Your Enemies

Jesus is still speaking to his disciples on a mountain near the Sea of Galilee.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. And from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you, so that you may be sons 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.

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? What reward do you have? And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Matthew 5:38-42; Luke 6:30; Matthew 5:43; Luke 6:27-28; Matthew 5:45; Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:32; Matthew 5:46; Luke 6:33; Matthew 5:47; Luke 6:34-36; Matthew 5:48