Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children
So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,
for I am the Lord who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God, and you are to be holy because I am holy.
Indeed, the people of Israel are my dear children. They are the children I take delight in. For even though I must often rebuke them, I still remember them with fondness. So I am deeply moved with pity for them and will surely have compassion on them. I, the Lord, affirm it!
However, in the future the number of the people of Israel will be like the sand of the sea which can be neither measured nor numbered. Although it was said to them, "You are not my people," it will be said to them, "You are children of the living God!"
But to all who have received him -- those who believe in his name -- he has given the right to become God's children
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people.
(See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God's children -- and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know him.
so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.