Bob, I agree. Jesus was convicting them of their sin. They knew that what they were doing was not right. They were wolves in sheep’s clothing, out for their own gain. They weren’t loving others as themselves, showing mercy and forgiveness, taking care of the orphans, the fatherless and the widow, caring for the sick, feeding the poor etc.etc.
Nor were they following these commandments: do not murder, covet, cheat, bear false witness, etc.
Many of the prophets were killed for the same reason- speaking the truth.
Forgiving your enemies is different from loving them. As Matt. 6:2 says, no one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other." At the time, Israel’s leaders hated God because they were serving another, and if we love God we will hate what is evil as Romans12:19 says, " Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good."
James 4:4 “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God.”
No, we are not to love the KKK or form friendships with them. We are to expose them.