January 13 - Luke 6.20-49
Happiness and Sorrow
"Happy are you poor;
the Kingdom of God is yours!
21"Happy are you who are hungry now;
you will be filled!
"Happy are you who weep now;
you will laugh!
22"Happy are you when people hate you, reject you, insult you, and say that you are evil, all because of the Son of Man! 23Be glad when that happens and dance for joy, because a great reward is kept for you in heaven. For their ancestors did the very same things to the prophets.
24"But how terrible for you who are rich now;
you have had your easy life!
25"How terrible for you who are full now;
you will go hungry!
"How terrible for you who laugh now;
you will mourn and weep!
26"How terrible when all people speak well of you; their ancestors said the very same things about the false prophets.
Love for Enemies
32"If you love only the people who love you, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners love those who love them! 33And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners do that! 34And if you lend only to those from whom you hope to get it back, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount! 35No! Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. You will then have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God. For he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.
39And Jesus told them this parable: "One blind man cannot lead another one; if he does, both will fall into a ditch. 40No pupils are greater than their teacher; but all pupils, when they have completed their training, will be like their teacher.
41"Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but pay no attention to the log in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, 'Please, brother, let me take that speck out of your eye,' yet cannot even see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
A Tree and Its Fruit
The Two House Builders
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Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
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