Love Your Enemy

You 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.

 

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