Matthew 5:41-48 And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him.“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends, hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! You must be perfect—just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
How we talk about and how we treat our enemies witnesses to the world, including to our enemies. What a powerful witness that could be if we do what the bible calls us to do: and pray for and love on our enemies. In a world that is traumatised and full of fear we must rise up and be the difference that the world needs, standing out through praying for those who persecute and those are vessels of evil. They need our prayers far far more than we realise.