What must we do?
we do to do the works God requires?
JESUS The work of God is this: to
believe in the one he has sent.
NICODEMUS Is he really concerned about
JESUS What do you think? If a man own’s a hundred sheep, and one of
them wonders away, will he not leave the ninety nine on the hills and go to look
for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth he is
happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.
In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little
ones should be lost.
JESUS (CONT’D) See that you do not look down on one
of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the
face of my Father in heaven.
NICODEMUS Lord, Jesus, I am having trouble
loving someone who has wronged me. Teach me about love?
JESUS You have
heard that it was said, Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, Do not
resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him
the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him
have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two
miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants
to borrow from you.
JESUS (CONT’D) You have heard that it was said, Love
your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray
for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He
causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous
and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what rewards will you get?
Are not even tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers,
what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect,
therefore as your heavenly father, is perfect.
NICODEMUS Of the
commandments; which is most important?
JESUS The most important one is
this: Hear the Lord our God, the Lord is one Love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your should and with all your mind and with all your
strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no
commandment greater than these. Do this then you are not far from the Kingdom of
God. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but
he who stands firm to the end will be saved.