"Thoughts and Prayers" are worthless
- James 2:14-16:
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? NIV
Refrain from anger and vengeance; "Turn the other cheek" Do not harm those that harm you.
- Matthew 5:39:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 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.
- Psalm 37:8:
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil. NIV
If someone asks for something of you, give it to them
- Matthew 5:42:
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Abandon Childish Ways; Think and act like an adult.
- 1 Corinthians 13:11:
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
We are judged by our works
- Corinthians 5:10:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad
Love your enemies
Jesus makes it quite clear, hatred is not Christian, even hatred of an enemy.
- Matthew 5:43-44:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 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;
- Leviticus 19:18:
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
- Ephesians 4:31:
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Charity towards others is most important
- 1 Corinthians 13:13:
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
God takes care of everybody, not just good Christians
- 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.
The Golden Rule
Treat others as you would like yourself treated.
- Leviticus 19:18:
Thou shalt not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
- Matthew 7:12:
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
- Luke 6:31:
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
- Galations 5:14:
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Love is all that's important
- Matthew 22:35-40:
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
- Romans 13:8:
Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Use your own judgment; don't believe everything
- Proverbs 14:15:
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:21:
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Be tolerant of immigrants and aliens
- Exodus 22:21:
"Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. NIV
- Leviticus 19:34:
The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God. NIV
- Malachi 3:5:
Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.
Treat Strangers/Immigrants Kindly
- Exodus 22:21:You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt
- Deuteronomy 24:14-15:
You shall not oppress a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or a foreigner residing in your cities. You will pay his wages on that day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and needs the money), lest he cry out against you to the Lord, and you are guilty of sin.
- Deuteronomy 1:1:
Give the members of your community a fair hearing, and judge rightly between one person and another, whether citizen or resident alien.
- Leviticus 19:34:
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the foreigner as yourself, for you were foreign in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
- Leviticus 25:35:
If any of your people become poor and unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner or stranger, so they may continue to live among you.
- Leviticus 27:19:
Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow.
- Zechariah 7:9-11:
This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’
- Jeremiah 22:3:
Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.
- Malachi 3:5-6:
I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.
- Ezekiel 47:22:
You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners who reside among you and have begotten children among you. They shall be to you as citizens of Israel; with you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.
- Job 29:15-17:
I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause of the stranger. I broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made them drop their prey from their teeth.
- Matthew 25:35:
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
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