You have heard that it was said, 'Love your friends, hate your enemies.' But now I tell you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the sons of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collector can do that! And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans can do that! You must be perfect--just as your father in heaven is perfect!