You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.'
But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven.
For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
(found in Matthew 5:43-45)
We naturally are inclined to love and be kind to those who are kind to us. But Jesus tells us to love even those who are cruel to us and hate us. This is the way our Father wants us to behave.
We need to be different from those who treat others the way they are treated. In doing so we are being godly, acting according to His will, and are thus "children of God".
We all live in the same world, under the same rules. God treats us with goodness regardless of whether we are evil or good. (this interpretation seems to fit best within context, but I'm not so sure about it. Insight appreciated)
Now go back and read what Jesus said, and realize He said it a lot better.
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