But If you are willing to listen,
I say, love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness
of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.
If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other
cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt
also. Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it;
and when things are taken away from you, donít try to
get them back. Do for others what you would like them
to do for you.
Do you think you deserve credit for merely loving those
who love you? Even the sinners do that! And if you do
good only to those who do good to you, is that so wonderful?
Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to
those who can repay you, what good is that? Even sinners
will lend to their own kind for a full return.
Love your enemies! Do good to them! And donít be
concerned that they might repay. Then your reward
in heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting
as children of the Most High, for he is kind to the unthankful
and to those who are wicked. You must be compassionate,
just as your Father is compassionate.
Stop judging others, and you will not be judged.
Stop criticizing others, or it will come back on you.
If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. If you give,
you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full
measure, pressed down, shaken together to make
room for more, and running over.
you use in giving-- large or small-- it will be used to
measure what is given back to you.
Living Bible Translation