43"You have heard that the law of Moses says, 'Love your neighbor' a and hate your enemy. 44But I say, love your enemies! b Pray for those who persecute you! 45In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too. 46If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47If you are kind only to your friends, c how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)