30 “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.
31 “And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way.
32 “And if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners 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 “And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, in order to receive back the same amount.
35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
36 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.
38 “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For BY YOUR STANDARD OF MEASURE it will be measured to you in return.
14 What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
1 John 3:16-18,
16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
The words in Luke 6:30-38 were spoken and taught by Jesus the Son of God.
The words in James 2:15-17 were written by James, the Lord’s half-brother.
The words in 1 John 3:16-18 were written by John, an apostle of Christ.
If you abide by these words you are a disciplined child of God. If not, you are an illegitimate child and not a son or daughter, Hebrews 12:8.
Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant
Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org
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