“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 reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” (Matthew 5:43–47, NIV 1984).
My Musings – If you thought “love one another” was tough, try love your enemy. Try praying for those who would persecute you, perhaps for no other reason other than you are a follower of Christ. For “they will lay hands on you and persecute you. All men will hate you because of me.” (Luke 21:12, 17, NIV 1984). “In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.” (John 16:2, NIV 1984).
My Advice – “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:17–18, NIV 1984).