You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I say unto you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
~ Matthew 5:43–45
This CAC post (HERE) tackles the difficult subject of Love Your Enemies by taking full advantage of thoughts by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. The challenges with hatred in our world today, over 50 years after his death, are still substantial. We need only look at the recent election campaigns in the United States to see that.
The words Dr. King Jr. used are powerful. The difficulty of living out the Matthew 5:43-45 words is made clear, including this commentary on action:
“When Jesus bids us to love our enemies, … he is speaking of agape, understanding and creative, redemptive goodwill for all people. Only by following this way and responding with this type of love are we able to be children of our Father who is in Heaven.” ~ Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
ACTION: How would you approach answering this question Richard poses: “What would it mean to seek to embody love as ‘creative, redemptive goodwill’ on behalf of all living things?” Anything come to your mind as an immediate action you can take along these lines?
Enjoy the day filled with the Spirit!
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