God makes the sun rise on everyone – the evil and the good, he sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Pray that as God’s children we would show love and forgiveness toward all, including those who are against the gospel, just as Jesus did.
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.