9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans
A young woman went to her priest and said "I want you to de-baptize me." "What?" the priest said. "I want you to take away my baptism." "Why?" he asked quite disturbed. "Because, I have been thinking about baptism and what you said in your sermon the other day. Baptism is a claim by God that we are loved and that we are to love like that and you said that we are called to love our enemies and to do them good, I am not sure I can do that; it's a tall order; doesn't baptism mean we have signed on for that kind of life? I cannot do it; I am sorry, so please take my baptism away, de-baptize me." And the priest started to cry. Why? Because, he said, "this was the first time someone actually understood what it meant to be a Christian claimed by God."