Friday, July 29, 2011

Love for Enemies

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  Luke 6:27:36

Really!  I am supposed to love those who hurt me, those that set out to destroy my life because they want it for their own.  I'm supposed to keep turning the other cheek to them every time they hurt me. We are also supposed to do good to them and if they need help we are to help them and expect nothing in return. This is too much to ask of me or anyone else, but with the help of God and His strength that is exactly what we are  supposed to do. 

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