Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5.44-45
God is just and good, as well as kind. He blesses even when such action is not merited. The sun rises and sets on all men independent of whether or not they believe in God, much less obey his commands. The rain falls to the earth whether the people in the area are righteous or not. He is impartial.
We are to be like our heavenly Father. We are to be just and good, as well as kind. What does that mean when someone is being mean to you? What does that mean when someone seeks to bring you down?
Jesus said to love your enemy. That does not mean that you have to have positive emotional feelings toward that person. It does mean that you treat that person the same as you would anyone else, with justice and with kindness.
Jesus also said to pray for those who persecute you. He is the perfect example of this to follow. His prayer to the Father during his crucifixion was for forgiveness for those who were guilty of his death, Luke 23.34. By praying for those who would do you harm, you show kindness.
May we strive to be impartial, treating all people equally, calling each one to follow in his footsteps.