Love Your Enemy
shall not kill: whosoever kills another of God's children will be
liable to judgment. You have heard it said: An eye for an eye and a
tooth for a tooth. You have heard it said: Love your friends, but
vanquish your foes; but I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for
those who persecute you, so that you may be true sons and daughters
of your eternal Father, who makes the sun shine and the rain fall on
the just and the unjust alike. If someone slaps you on the cheek,
turn to him the other cheek to slap. If someone forces you to carry
his bags for a mile, carry them for two miles. If someone steals
your coat, give him also your shirt. If you show kindness to only
your friends, what credit is that to you? Don't
rogues and scoundrels do the same? If you love only those who
love you in return, what credit is that to you? Donít assassins
and murderers do the same? If you lend money only to those who are
sure pay it back, what credit is that to you? Don't bankers and
credit vendors do the same? You should lend money to people in need
and never ask for it back. Love your fellow human being and treat
him exactly as you would want to be treated yourself. Do not
vanquish your adversary with authority and force, but conquer him
with love and compassion. If you do these things, you will be true
sons and daughters of your father, for He is kind even to the
selfish and ungrateful. If you do these things, great will be your
reward in eternity.
2005 Michael John Harding - Madstork Press - All Rights Reserved
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