Matthew 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
I think this has to be the hardest thing ever. It is not thought or taught in our world today. We are to love those that hate us. We are to pray for those that persecute us. We are to be totally different than the world.
Those that do not know God would hate someone who did them wrong. They would seek vengeance. Those that do not know god would hate and persecute in return and feel justified in doing so.
Jesus said that His Father was good to both types of people. He sent the rain on the just and on the unjust. He is good to those that love Him and those that hate Him.
He calls on us to do and be the same. We are not to act like those all around us. We are to be like our Father and show love and actions that no one can understand!