CCC 1825 Christ died out of love for us, while we were still “enemies.”1 The Lord asks us to love as he does, even our enemies, to make ourselves the neighbor of those farthest away, and to love children and the poor as Christ himself.2
The Apostle Paul has given an incomparable depiction of charity: “charity is patient and kind, charity is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Charity does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”3
1 Rom 5:10.
2 Cf. Mt 5:44; Lk 10:27-37; Mk 9:37; Mt 25:40, 45.
3 1 Cor 13:4-7.