But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44
I know at least one person who hates my guts. She takes every opportunity to heckle and criticize me. I learned long ago that reasoning with her does not work.
I would be lying if I said sometimes I don’t want to retaliate. The world’s tactics for dealing with haters is to hate back bigger and show who’s boss. This has no place in kingdom life. Jesus said to love our enemies and to pray for them. Not easy.
My hater won’t let me near her, so I love her by praying for her. I pray she finds the peace she needs, I pray for resolution in her mind over how she thinks I wronged her. Her issue is not really with me but her perception of me.
What about you and your haters? Are you asking God for grace to love them? It’s tough, I know, but loving them keeps their poison from destroying you. May God give you strength to do this, my friend.