" ...but I say to you. love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (God's words)
That's a "heavy metal" verse.
Think about it, think about it long and hard.
Who are your enemies. Is it the person who doesn't use their blinker? Is it the driver who cuts you off? Is it the person who smokes in your pathway? Is it someone you see dropping trash? Is it a co-worker? Is it some jerk for whom you have countless reasons to think, I mean KNOW they are a jerk?
Whomever it is - - Pray for them and show them love!
"if you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners (I take the word "sinners to mean everyone) love those who love them" (more of God speaking).
and what about those politicians and rulers and kings whom just screw EVERYTHING and I do mean EVERYTHING up?!?!?!
pray for them
show them love
how else will anyone ever come to know Christ?