“The widest possibilities for spiritual growth lie in the give-and-take of everyday relationships.”
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you.
– The Gospel According to Saint Matthew
This is love at its most magnificent. In order to love like this, we cannot be attached to ourselves. It is because we think so much about ourselves that we strike back, show resentment, speak harshly, move away.
Jesus’ words do not mean agreeing with everything people say or supporting whatever they do. We sometimes have to oppose people we love. Yet, if we do it tenderly, it is not likely that it will cost us a single friend. In fact, that person might say, Ive found a friend who will support me and stand beside me always.