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Question from LE on 8/8/2013:

I know we have to love everyone, including our enemies, but even though we love them can we exclude family members who have hurt us from our lives?

Answer by David Gregson on 4/11/2014:

We are obliged to forgive those who have hurt us. We pray, "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." Jesus said, "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Mt 6:14f.)

Of course that doesn't mean you have to trust those who have hurt you, unless they show signs of repentance. But we are always obliged to will their good, which is what real love is, not necessarily warm feelings. I suggest praying for them. That should soften your heart.

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