Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Jesus announced that we are to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. The fact that love is commanded shows that it is a matter of the will and primarily of the emotions. It is not the same as natural affection because it is not natural to love those who hate and desire to harm us. It is a supernatural grace and can only be manifested by those who are filled and led by the Holy Spirit.