Luke 6:32

For if you love them who love you, what thanks have you? for sinners also love those that love them.
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Ambrose of Milan

AD 397
Now philosophy seems to divide justice into three parts; one towards God, which is called piety; another towards our parents, or the rest of mankind; a third to the dead, that the proper rites may be performed. But the Lord Jesus passing beyond the oracle of the law, and the heights of prophecy, extended the duties of piety to those also who have injured us, adding, But love your enemies. How great the reward of mercy which is received into the privilege of divine adoption! For it follows, And you shall be the sons of the Highest. Follow then mercy, that you may obtain grace. Widely spread is the mercy of God; He pours His rain upon the unthankful, the fruitful earth refuses not its increase to the evil. Hence it follows, For he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.

Athanasius the Apostolic

AD 373
That is to say, that we beholding His mercies, what good things we do should do them not with regard to men, but to Him, that we may obtain our rewards from God, not from men. That is to say, that we beholding His mercies, what good things we do should do them not with regard to men, but to Him, that we may obtain our rewards from God, not from men.
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Basil the Great

AD 379
Now this mode of avarice is rightly called in the Greek, from producing, because of the fruitfulness of the evil. Animals in course of time grow up and produce, but interest assoon as it is born begins to bring forth. Animals which bring forth most rapidly cease soonest from breeding, but the money of the avaricious goes on increasing with time. Animals when they transfer their bringing forth to their own young, themselves cease to breed, but the money of the covetous both produces an increase, and renews the capital. Touch not then the destructive monster. For what advantage that the poverty of today is escaped, if it falls up onus repeatedly, and is increased? Reflect then how can you restore yourself? Whence shall your money be so multiplied as that it will partly relieve your want, partly refresh your capital, , and besides bring forth interest? But you say, How shall I get my living? I answer, work, serve, last of all, beg; any thing is more tolerable than borrowing upon interest....


AD 735
But he not only condemns as unprofitable the love and kindness of sinners, but also the lending. As it follows, And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thank have you? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. Either by giving them temporal gifts, or by inspiring His heavenly gifts with awonderful grace.
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Clement Of Rome

AD 99
For, whenever they hear from us that God saith, "No thank have ye, if ye love them which love you, but ye have thank, if ye love your enemies and them which hate you "
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Cyprian of Carthage

AD 258
In the Gospel according to Luke: "If ye love those who love you, what thank have ye? For even sinners love those who love them."
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Cyril of Alexandria

AD 444
Great then is the praise of mercy. For this virtue makes us like to God, and imprints upon our souls certain signs as it were of a heavenly nature. Hence it follows, Be you then merciful, as your heavenly Father also is merciful.
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Gregory of Nyssa

AD 394
But man ought to shun that baneful anxiety with which he seeks from the poor man increase of his money and gold, exacting a profit of barren metals. Hence he adds, And lend, hoping for nothing again; If a man should call the harsh calculation of interest, theft, or homicide, he will not err. For what is the difference, whether a man by digging undera wall become possessed of property, or possess it unlawfully by the compulsory rate of interest?
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John Chrysostom

AD 407
Whereby you will confer more upon yourself than him. For he is beloved by a fellow servant, but you are made like to God. But it is a mark of the greatest virtue when we embrace with kindness those who wish to do us harm. Hence it follows, And do good. For as water, when cast upon a lighted furnace, extinguishes it, so also reason joined with gentleness. But what water is to fire, such is lowliness and meekness to wrath; and asfire is not extinguished by fire, so neither is anger soothed by anger. Observe the wonderful nature of lending, one receives and another binds himself for his debts, giving ahundred fold at the present time, and in the future eternal life.

Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius

AD 320
"What is the meaning of "suitable? "Assuredly those who are able to restore and give back the favour.
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The Apostolic Constitutions

AD 375
"Love your enemies; for what thanks is it if ye love those that love you? for even the Gentiles do the same."
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The Didache

AD 100
, if ye love them that love you? Do not also the Gentiles do the same?
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Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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