A Collect to Love Our Enemies

Lord Jesus, who begged forgiveness of even those who tormented him, help us to respond to others always in love, even when we are assailed and abused, that we would follow your example and we would live always as children of our loving Father in heaven, through you who was raised to new life and now lives forever in perfect joy and unity with the Father and Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘Do not fear their attempts to scare you, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts, sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.’ – 1 Pet. 3:14-15