Revised Standard Version
©1989, Division of Christian
of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.)
1 - From the Hebrew Bible we hear the shifting of a proverb
from a curse to a blessing.
2 - Listen to God speak.
1 - "Do not be a witness against your neighbor without
cause, and do not deceive with your lips. Do not say,
2 - ‘I will do to others as they have done to me; I will
pay them back for what they have done.’" (Proverbs
1 - From the Gospel our Lord, listen to Jesus,
2 - "But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for
those who abuse you.
1 - "If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the
other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not
withhold even your shirt.
2 - "Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone
takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.
1 - "Do to others as you would have them do to you.
2 - "If you love those who love you, what credit is
that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do
good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For
even sinners do the same.
1 - "If you lend to those from whom you hope to
receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners,
to receive as much again.
2 - "But love your enemies, do good, and lend,
expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you
will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the
ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is
1 - "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not
condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be
forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure,
pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your
lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
2 - Yes, Jesus said, "Do to others as you would have
them do to you." Furthermore, he also said this:
1 - "I give you a new commandment, that you love one
another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one
another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if
you have love for one another." (John
2 - "This is my commandment, that you love one another
as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay
down one's life for one's friends." (John