Reading: The command to love our enemies
Reference: Matt. 5:38–46
Matthew 5:38: Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Matthew 5:39: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matthew 5:40: And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
Matthew 5:41: And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Matthew 5:42: Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Matthew 5:43: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Matthew 5:44: 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;
Matthew 5:45: 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.
Matthew 5:46: For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Reading: Father, forgive them
Reference: Luke 23:33–43
Luke 23:33: And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Luke 23:34: Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Luke 23:35: And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
Luke 23:36: And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
Luke 23:37: And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
Luke 23:38: And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Luke 23:39: And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Luke 23:40: But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Luke 23:41: And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:42: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43: And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Reading: God is always mindful of His covenant
Reference: Ps. 111:1–10
Psalms 111:1: Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
Psalms 111:2: The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
Psalms 111:3: His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Psalms 111:4: He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
Psalms 111:5: He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
Psalms 111:6: He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
Psalms 111:7: The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
Psalms 111:8: They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
Psalms 111:9: He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
Psalms 111:10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.