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April 30, 2007

Reponding to Enemies: With Love

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In these tumultuous times, it seems freedom-loving people are being bombarded with bad news and oppression on every front. Although it may be tempting to get angry and seek revenge against the people who are causing all the bad news, Christ had a different take on the situation. Rather than encourage us to take up arms against our enemies or instruct us in effective warfare techniques, he called on us to do good and pray for those who harm us. Those are not just words on a page, they are a core element of the Christian walk.

The New Testament has much to say about this most difficult of Christian concepts:


You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies] and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:43-45)

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28).

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble (1 John 2:9-10).

I poked around on the web and found several sites offering help on how to respond to enemies with love:
Love your enemies bible study
How to love and pray for your enemies
On loving one's enemies

Regardless of your faith background or your approach to God, treating your enemies with respect and including them in your prayers is a good way to raise yourself out of the mire of anger and despair.

- Katherine Albrecht

Posted by Katherine Albrecht at April 30, 2007 5:48 AM

Comments

My husband and I dealt with this very subject a month ago. Thank you for posting this on your site. The scriptures you quoted are what we will need to get through the tough times ahead. Our faith, in God alone, is the only thing we will need. Taking up arms against our enemies is not biblical for Christians. Thank you again.
Anna Blue

Posted by: Anna Blue at May 30, 2007 12:35 AM

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