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In Romans 12:9-21 Paul drills down on the words of Christ found in Matthew 5:44, “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” and in Luke 6:22, “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”. Paul does this for the church in Rome that is fragmenting: The Christians with a Jewish background are fighting those with a Gentile background, not to mention constant debate over the way they were to treat the non-believers surrounding them. It is so bad that Brutus no longer comes to the Sunday service so that he will not run into Crispus. Secundus is so angry at both of them that he no longer comes to church at all. Pomponia hired an off duty Centurion to keep pagans from cutting across her yard to get to their temple.