What He said is what He wants done. Christ is not asking you to be sweet towards your enenies, but to love them and pray for those who persecute you.
Even though we seem to get the impression that some of us are unjustly done wrong by others at times. We must be consistent in personal Spiritual examination to make sure that we are not the ones who instigate another person’s anger towards us. Let go of what caused grief. Love your neighbor, and your enemy, because you were at one time considered an enemy of another when they had you all wrong.
People you get to know and take time to fellowship with deserve the benefit of doubt, that they are genuine towards you first before you formulate your final judgement against them.
Christ is not about wasting His energy on hating man to the point He changes His commitment towards humanity.. We waste a lot of time being frustrated with those who seem to be our enemies. We need to walk in love directly from the Word of God, not a side conversation we have only at our places of worship.
No sense in pretended we didn’t hear the Lord’s instructions. Love all of God’s creation. We are almost like Peter when God had to show him his prejudice towards the gentle nation. We can get so covered by the protections of our Lord and forget that the Lord covers more of us than we know. He even covers those who you might see as one who doesn’t like you. We all have our issues that we must work through. The point is we need to go ahead and push through the problem, because it causes stress when your focused on people who do not like you.
Respect is given first, it is earned firsr, not the other way around. I know that’s not well received. We always say, give respect to get it, but you might say. Thus is different. Jesus didn’t respect the priest. That is not all together true. He went to them first.