Nevertheless love your enemies, be beneficent; and lend without hoping for any repayment. Then your recompense shall be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
But I command you all, love your enemies, and pray for your persecutors;
For you know the condescending goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ--how for your sakes He became poor, though He was rich, in order that you through His poverty might grow rich.
crying out in a loud voice, "What hast Thou to do with me, Jesus, Son of God Most High? In God's name I implore Thee not to torment me."
He will be great and He will be called 'Son of the Most High.' And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His forefather David;
"But to you who are listening to me I say, Love your enemies; seek the welfare of those who hate you;
It is by this that every one will know that you are my disciples--if you love one another."
and yet by His beneficence He has not left His existence unattested--His beneficence, I mean, in sending you rain from Heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and joyfulness."
But God gives proof of His love to us in Christ's dying for us while we were still sinners.
By this we can distinguish God's children and the Devil's children: no one who fails to act righteously is a child of God, nor he who does not love his brother man.
Dear friends, let us love one another; for love has its origin in God, and every one who loves has become a child of God and is beginning to know God.
By this is God glorified--by your bearing abundant fruit and thus being true disciples of mine.