Something to think about, regarding loving our enemies.
Jesus spoke more than once about loving our enemies. Here is the most famous passage from Matthew Chapter 5:43-48
Love Your Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet only your brothers,iwhat more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
I also found this great quote from Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon:
“Being persecuted is actually a secret method of inheriting the enemy’s right of possession. In this way, the person whom God Love’s is always under the protection of heavenly fortune. Even if God has an enemy whom he wishes to overcome, God will not punish that person because God knows that person has parents and a wife. as well as sons and daughters who love him. Since God also has crossed the valley of tears, when He experiences the heart of His enemy’s parents, wife and children, who love him more than anyone else, He simply cannot eliminate this enemy.”
~Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon, Women Will Play a Leading Role in the Ideal World, May 21, 1992.
I really like her perspective. It is a paradigm shift that makes it seem more personal.
This amazing woman will be speaking at Nassau Coliseum on November 12, 2018, on Healing America: Peace Starts with Me.
I think that is a message we could all appreciate in these turbulent times.