“But I say to you who hear,
love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.”
God requires us to have a soft heart for those who hurt us. This is not easy. But seeing them as God’s creation who have not yet understood their opportunity of adoption can help. Pity them for their choices and for the hurt of their own hearts. Love them with the love of Jesus who “died for us while we were yet sinners.” (Romans 5:8). This does not mean that you have to make them your best friend or even a friend, but rather to treat them kindly and pray for them. Then leave it at the feet of your Savior and put your mind to worthy pursuits.