Be perfect in love even toward your enemies, thinking of how your Father in heaven shows love to you even though you are a sinner.

BibleGateway: Matthew 5:43-48

ESV Text: Matthew 5:43-48

Matthew 5:43-48 (Listen)

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons 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 greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 5

     43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 403:
Savior, Thy Dying Love

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Savior, Thy dying love 
Thou gavest me; 
Nor should I aught withhold, 
Dear Lord, from Thee. 
In love my soul would bow, 
My heart fulfil its vow, 
Some offering bring Thee now, 
Something for Thee. 

2. O’er the blest mercy-seat, 
Pleading for me, 
My feeble faith looks up, 
Jesus, to Thee. 
Help me my cross to bear, 
Thy wondrous love declare, 
Some song to raise or prayer, 
Something for Thee. 

3. Give me a faithful heart, 
Likeness to Thee, 
That each departing day 
Henceforth may see 
Some work of love begun, 
Some deed of kindness done, 
Some wanderer sought and won, 
Something for Thee. 

4. All that I am and have, 
Thy gifts so free, 
In joy, in grief, through life, 
Dear Lord, for Thee! 
And when Thy face I see, 
My ransomed soul shall be 
Through all eternity 
Something for Thee. 


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