I remember when I was in high school and I was venting to my mom about how much I hated this girl (of course a boy was involved). Anyway… My mom told me to “kill her with kindness”. So naturally, my response was more or less on the lines of “why would I be kind to someone I don’t like.” Seemed like a reasonable response at the time but when I look back now I finally understand what she meant.
In life, there will always be someone who talks bad about you or wishes to see you fail. However, we accomplish nothing when we fight fire with fire. Instead, try to replace your negative words for your enemies and haters with a kind prayer and as a result they just might become your allies.