But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:35-36)
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:44-45)
Lord, take my heart in Your hands and shape it to love those who do not love me and even work against me.
Help me not to return wrong with wrong, but to respond to wrong with care, love, prayer, and mercy.
Help me to know what it looks like to turn the other cheek while not enabling ongoing wrong or making it seem like wrong is right.
Give me boldness and discernment to walk as Your child even when my circumstances lead me to forget who I am and cause me to stumble in frustration, grief, and hurt.
What can I do but call to You? You are my God—my Father—and I am Your child—Your disciple.
Lead me in Your way of love and forgiveness that, even in wrong, people may see You in me.