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How am I supposed to treat my enemies?

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Romans 12:14
            Yes.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:43-48 that we must love our enemies.  That was a counter-cultural command.  It’s easy to love those who love us.  It’s hard to love those who hate us.  Jesus said take the high road.
            Paul continued that thought in Romans 12.  Interesting for him to discuss this point since he was the enemy to many Christians and now had made many enemies with people who were once his friends.
            The tendency with enemies is to “get back at them.”  Paul said don’t do it.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 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. Romans 12:17-19
            Revenge is not the response, Paul said.  “Bless those who persecute you.”  To bless someone who is persecuting is the opposite of what they would expect.  He goes on:
On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:20-21
            Feed your enemy.  Get them something to drink.  Overcome their evil with good.  This sort of response will burn into their heads and effect their spirit.