But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do well to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
What a beautiful lesson gives us Jesus! There is no merit doing good to our friends, our children, siblings and other relatives. Certainly the people of the world, even the worst criminals, makes such things. The merit is obtained by doing well to those who hate us, who take advantage of us who seek our evil and wish our destruction. God expects us to have mercy on those whose actions toward us not deserve forgiveness.
We must remember that all humanity, including ourselves, have not done anything more than to offend God and sin against Him, yet He has had mercy and forgiveness. Therefore, the merit is acquired by doing well to those who have wronged you.
When we reached mercy from God and recognize that we have achieved eternal life and forgiveness of our sins, we are in first love with Jesus Christ. It is the moment in which we long for all our loved ones will also be saved and began to evangelize them. Most of the time the rejection is the answer they give us and almost always, our loved ones receive salvation because a person other than us spoke to them.
Very few people think that those who have wronged them might receive the gift of salvation. But that is what the Lord expects us to do. Wish well and do it for those we love is easy and requires no sacrifice. Moreover, everyone does. That is why God does not give merit. It’s like when in our job we do everything that is in our job description, there is no merit because that we are paid. The merit comes when we do something extra, something that was not expected, and something that goes beyond expectations.
God expects of you and me just what an old Spanish proverb says, to do good without looking at whom. God bless you.