35 Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.
37 But let your 'yes' be 'yes,' and your 'no,' 'no;' for whatever is more than these comes from the evil one6 [the spirit of Satan within you]. [Man's heart is full of evil; man's mind is enmity to God. What an uncrucified man speaks is from his evil heart, mind, and spirit. Until our selfish spirit, the spirit of Satan, that every man has, is crucified, most all of what we speak is from that Spirit of Satan; even if you have "accepted Jesus," your mouth is still controlled by the spirit of Satan until it is crucified on the inward cross of self-denial to be replaced by the Spirit of Christ to rule your heart in thoughts, words, deeds.]
38 You have heard that it has been said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'
39 But I say to you, do not resist evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other cheek to him also.
40 And if any man sues you at the law, and takes away your shirt, let him have your coat also.
41 And whoever asks you to go one mile, go with him two miles. [go the extra mile].
42 Give to him who asks you,7 and do not turn away from him who would borrow from you.
43 You have heard that it has been said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.'
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you;
45 So that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do than others? Do not even the tax collectors [or pagans] do the same?
48 Therefore, be perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect."8 [There are many scripture references to the requirement of perfection in the New Testament, (click to see), and in the Old Testament too! (click to see). Only the power of God can change a man to be perfect, and the completion of His perfection process of you is when Jesus appears to crush the head of the Satan under your feet. Rom 16:20. We must be righteous as He is righteous, 1 John 3:7-10. We must be merciful as He is merciful, Luke 6:36. We must become pure as He is pure. 1 John 3:3. But as he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of conduct, 1 Pet 1:15. So that we walk as he walked, 1 John 2:6, and as he is, so are we in this present world. 1 John 4:17. There is no flexibility and no equivocation in any of these stated requirements.]
|Luke 6:27-38 |
27 But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you.
29 To him who strikes you on one cheek, offer him the other also. And if someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your coat as well.
30 Give to every man who asks of you.3 And if someone takes away your goods, do not demand them back.
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.4
32 For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For sinners also love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34 If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? For sinners also lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid.
35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be the children of the Most High. For he is kind to the unthankful and evil.
36 Therefore be merciful, as your Father also is merciful. [The only way you can be as merciful as the Father is to have crucified your sinful nature so that you hear God direct all your words just before speaking and to do only what you are ordered by God; that is the only way Jesus judged, spoke, and acted — always and only as he was commanded by God. We must be righteous as He is righteous, 1 John 3:7. We must be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, Mat 5:48. We must be merciful as He is merciful, Luke 6:36. We must become pure as He is pure, 1 John 3:2-3. But as he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of conduct, 1 Pet 1:15. So that we walk as he walked, 1 John 2:6, and as he is, so are we in this present world. 1 John 4:17. There is no flexibility and no equivocation in any of these stated requirements.]
37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
38 Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured to you."