“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.” Jesus demands from his followers something unheard of. To love the enemies is not a natural feeling. It is an act of will, a conscious decision following the gospel demands. In the eyes of the world we may be the losers. Some may have to give up their life too in the process. Many martyrs have done so. But the one who takes account of even a hair that falls, rewards beyond measure the love that is shown for his sake. We have an ideal of perfection to follow: “Be merciful just as your father is merciful.” If we are his children, we have no choice but to share in the nature of our Father. We grow in Christian maturity when we love our friends and enemies alike.

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