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.
"If you do not judge others, then you will not be judged. If you do not find others guilty, then you will not be found guilty. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good amount will be poured into your lap. It will be pressed down, shaken together, and running over. The same amount you give will be measured out to you."
Jesus also gave them another example. He asked, "Can a blind person lead another blind person? Won't they both fall into a pit?
Students are not better than their teachers. But everyone who is completely trained will be like his teacher.
"You look at the bit of sawdust in your friend's eye. But you pay no attention to the piece of wood in your own eye.
How can you say to your friend, 'Let me take the bit of sawdust out of your eye'? How can you say this while there is a piece of wood in your own eye? You pretender! First take the piece of wood out of your own eye. Then you will be able to see clearly to take the bit of sawdust out of your friend's eye.
"A good tree doesn't bear bad fruit. And a bad tree doesn't bear good fruit.