"But here is what I tell you who hear me. Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who call down curses on you. And pray for those who treat you badly.
"Suppose someone hits you on one cheek. Turn your other cheek to him also. Suppose someone takes your coat. Don't stop him from taking your shirt.
"Give to everyone who asks you. And if anyone takes what belongs to you, don't ask to get it back.
Do to others as you want them to do to you.
"Suppose you love those who love you. Should anyone praise you for that? Even 'sinners' love those who love them.
And suppose you do good to those who are good to you. Should anyone praise you for that? Even 'sinners' do that.
And suppose you lend money to those who can pay you back. Should anyone praise you for that? Even a 'sinner' lends to 'sinners,' expecting them to pay everything back.
"But love your enemies. Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then you will receive a lot in return. And you will be sons of the Most High God. He is kind to people who are evil and are not thankful.
So have mercy, just as your Father has mercy.