“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
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 Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
“If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey wandering away, you shall surely return it to him.
“Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy,
Or exulted when evil befell him?
If I have rewarded evil to my friend,
Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.
Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.
Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.
So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”
Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.