The Bible teaches us many times about love of neighbor and it is good that we have full knowledge about it. Today we live in a very difficult society, people with a lot of malice, people who only think about themselves and nobody else. But, we as Christians, should we be the same? Absolutely not, for us there is a totally different path from those selfish ones, we must show the love of Christ even with those who consider themselves our enemies.The Bible says:
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
In the previous verses the apostle Paul speaks to the Romans about Christian duties. Even if the world thinks that we should pay badly to those who do us wrong, we should do good even to those who harm us. Even if the world takes revenge with their own hands, we understand that revenge belongs to the Lord and we cry out mercy for them.
The persecutions in the church is a difficult issue, but there is another difficult issue and it is about our duties as Christians, to have to act in a way contrary to our flesh until Christ is fully formed in us.