What this passage doesn’t say:
“Ignore injustice – accept it, embrace it, submit to it”
What this passage does say:
“Break the cycle of violence, of hate – but do it in such a way that the perpetrator has the opportunity to realise how their action is attempting to dehumanise you. By your reaction, be fully human – as Christ was fully human – the way God intended all along.”
And as for “pray for your enemies”… here’s a prayer you might like.
But be warned – something deep in you may resist at first, and then you may be taken to places you wouldn’t have chosen. You will, without doubt, be transformed.
“Jesus, help me to love X just half as much as you do.”
Try it. I double-dare you…