It feels good when we do something nice for another. When they go to thank us, we sheepishly respond, “Don’t thank me. Thank the Lord!” After all, we want people to more aware of God’s goodness than our own.

As we walk away, we sometimes sense a warm glow just above us. Why, it’s a halo!

But what about those times when you broke your back to help someone and it backfired? Instead of being appreciated, you were dumped on. ‘Why did you do that? You did it wrong. You shouldn’t do that because we have someone better to do it.’

There are times when we focus our service and kindness toward those whom we know appreciate us. But Jesus is calling for a richer, riskier, adventurous kind of loving.

Matthew 5:43 "You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' 
44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 

Jesus is coaching you on how to deal with people who do not like you. He is giving us a challenge to love in a least sensible way. Love by showing kindness and praying for the ones who give you the most trouble.