This is a very difficult commandment to live. Jesus said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). The following truths help me to tackle this higher law:
- “In many instances, choosing to be offended is a symptom of a much deeper and more serious malady.” (David A. Bednar).
- “Abrasive people in our lives are friends in disguise. They are there to teach us to perfect love in ourselves” (M. Catherine Thomas).
- “Look for good in men, and where they fail to possess it, try to build it up in them” (Joseph F. Smith).
- “Being mistreated is the most important condition of mortality, for eternity itself depends on how we view those who mistreat us” (James Ferrell).
- “Do not do loving behaviors with the expectation of being loved, appreciated or valued in return. Do them because you are a loving person” (John Lewis Lund).
- “Don’t let the problems to be solved be more important than the people to be loved” (Thomas S. Monson).
- “Let’s be kind to one another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle” (Marjorie Hinckley).
- “Our joy now and forever is inextricably tied to our capacity to love” (John H. Groberg).