Luke 6:27-31 (NLT)
27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. 31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

These words were spoken by Jesus to all who are willing to listen. They are very similar in nature to the words recorded in Matthew chapter 5. Jesus tells everyone they should learn to love their enemies. They are to pray for those who have hurt them. In addition to the prayers there are also personal actions to be taken. The person is not seeking revenge against their enemies, but instead trying to do what is right to reconcile. They should examine themselves to understand what they would want to happen if the roles were reversed.

Norman Rockwell, an artist known for painting pictures depicting American life, included in his artwork a painting called “The Golden Rule”. The painting contains many people of varying ages from varying nationalities and cultures. They are all posed in very solemn, very reflective and prayerful poses. Included in the center of the painting are the words, “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.” Rockwell was referring to the words spoken by Christ, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” He wanted to show most people could agree on this principle regardless of their religion, belief or culture. Christ said the words for all to hear. We should learn to forgive those who have hurt us and take steps to reconcile. We should not be bearers of grudges or hatred. Instead we should learn to forgive as God forgave us.