Matthew 5:44-48Amplified Bible (AMP)
44 “But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly
seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you,
45 so that you may [show yourselves to] be
the children of your Father who is in heaven;
for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and
on those who are good, and
makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him].
46 For if you love [only] those who love you,
what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that?
47 And if you greet only your brothers
[wishing them God’s blessing and peace],
what more [than others] are you doing?
Do not even the Gentiles [who do not know the Lord] do that?
48 You, therefore, will be perfect
[growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character,
actively integrating godly values into your daily life],
as your heavenly Father is perfect.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
5 Examine and test and evaluat
and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves
Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
2 Those who think they know something do not yet know anything as they should.
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”