It is really easy to love people who love you back. It is really hard to love people who could conceivably always find a reason to hate you. That is maddening. Infuriatingly frustrating. Hate and righteous indignation seem to be a lot more empowering in the face of that kind of thing. Jesus loved the Pharisees and the Priests. Jesus was obedient to the powers that hated him, but he wasn't afraid to keep knocking on the door. He kept inviting them to be true to themselves. Jesus taught us to love the unlovely, exactly as it is. If we simply love that which is worthy of love, we will never love at all. You cannot love someone for who you think they could become. That's a cop-out. The only way you can love someone is to love them as they are today. Because of their maddening and infuriatingly frustrating ways we must love.
There is a balance to be had in loving someone who will always hate you no matter what you do or say. I really wish I knew what that balance looks like.