It is easy to love those that love you, but it takes real Bible salvation to love those that hate you, that speak evil of you, and that slander your Christian name.
To love the unlovely and those that respond negatively to your deeds of kindness is one of the highest callings of the Christian faith. For this, Jesus came to show us the way.
As the children of God, we are not only called but also commanded to love our neighbors and our enemies as ourselves.
The following are a few scriptures that will do us good to meditate and consider.
Love For Your Neighbor And Enemy:
Mat 5:44 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;
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Luk 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Luk 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Jas 2:8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well: