Love your enemies

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    Matthew 5:43-48 says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ [44] But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [45] so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. [46] For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? [47] And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? [48] You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

    It is easy to love those who love us back. It is often difficult to love those who have deemed themselves our enemies. Yet it should be our desire for all men to be right. It should be our desire for all to go to heaven and as such we should do all we can to change them. While at times we hate the things that people are involved in we should always strive to love the person. It should sadden us to see souls lost. It might be just and right, but it would be better if we could influence the evil to turn to God, live right, and be saved.