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LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
by David Bender
09/15/09
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LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

The acid test, where the rubber meets the road, that separates the men from the boys and the ones who truly know God from the mere pretenders, is the simple command from Jesus to
love your enemies.

But Christ didn’t stop there, He said “bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you.” It almost makes the loving part seem easy -
actually care for your adversaries.

Anyone can attend church and put on good behavior for an hour a week but this isn’t something you can pretend at. To truly obey this
simple command requires divine aid -
we must return good for evil.

To sincerely “bless, do good to and pray” for people who have been unfair, obnoxious or bullying is not easy. It takes a lot more than mental assent. It demands humility – something humanity has in short supply -
to be thoughtful for your enemies.

Probably only the ones who know they have been pardoned would comprehend the importance of forgiveness and pass on the heavenly blessing. To many it’s just a teaching they don’t understand,
to love one's enemies.

No other religious teacher said such a thing – to love ones enemies - not Buddha, nor Confucius nor Allah. Only Jesus, who gave us an example by dying for humanity and forgiving His attackers,
said “Love your enemies.”

Most people who claim to follow Christ don’t even attempt to carry out these words. Only the committed, only the ones who know Him would care, because Christ cares...so they
forgive their enemies


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