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Love Thy Enemy

Post by CanadaCraig » Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:07 pm

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The commandment to 'love thy enemy' is perhaps THE most difficult one for me to abide by. And the most frustrating. I have been hurt by so many people throughout my life. I have been betrayed, lied too, manipulated, bullied and treated with a total lack of any consideration. I have responded to the hurtful things people have said and done [for the most part] by getting even through fantasy. I have imagined countless numbers of ways of hurting them back. I have hated my enemy - not loved them. I have wished them hurt or even dead. I have wanted them to hurt as much [if not more] than they have hurt me. I have wanted to get even. I have wanted revenge. [and I still do]



Trouble is - GOD says that revenge is HIS - not MINE. God forbids me from 'getting even' - EVEN in fantasy. This frustrates me more than anything else. THIS is my greatest struggle. THIS is where I am stuck - unable to move - unable to get on with my life and to grow in my faith. This is my 'cross to bear'. I equate 'loving thy enemy' with an act of cowardice. 'Real men' get even. I want to HATE those who have hurt me - and I have hated them. But God is LOVE. God can not operate in or through the spirit of HATE.



Imagine - if you will - that on your spirit is a traffic light. Whenever we HATE the light turns RED. This tells God to STOP - to keep His distance - to stay away - to NOT get involved. When God sees a red light - He will leave you alone and allow you to deal with whatever or whoever it is you are dealing with. GOD WILL LEAVE YOU ALONE. This is not a good thing. For it is never wise to keep God OUT. But this is what we do. This is what I do. Many of us will even go so far as to ask God to help us to hate - to get even. But that is the last thing God will ever do. He will help you to love - for He IS love - but never to hate. The moment your spirit turns to hate - is the moment God backs away. It is the moment the 'light' turns red.



We are commanded to 'love they enemy' BECAUSE it is through that LOVE that God CAN operate. God tells us - God PROMISES US - that He will deal with those who have treated us inappropriately. But ONLY IF we GET OUT OF THE WAY. And we GET out of the way by making sure that the 'light' on our spirit is GREEN. For it is then - and ONLY then - that God can work through us, for us and ON our behalf. HE will deal with our enemies but only IF WE allow Him to do so.



So far - abiding by the commandment to 'Love they enemy' has done little but prove to me just how far I have yet to go in my faith. I have yet to 'Let Go and Let God' deal with those in my life who have hurt me. It is my hope that God would [and will] help those who have hurt me to become green-lighted spirits also - so that they too can become what I hope to become and that is a beacon of light in world so full of darkness. I'm tired of living in the dark. I tired of feeling so hopeless and lost. I'm tired of being part of the problem and NOT part of the solution.



How does one change his or her light to green? How does one become pleasing to God? How does one 'love they enemy'? I'm not sure. To be very honest with you. But I can't help but think that ASKING God to help you would be a good place to start. And we ask God for help through prayer. So we always need to start by praying. Ask God [just as I have been asking] to change your light to green. We also need to learn to keep quiet. I think most of us stumble in our quest to love because we refuse to say NOTHING - and sometimes - saying nothing is the best response to the hateful things that are said to us. We must also TRY to distance ourselves from what comes naturally to us - and that is the desire to hurt BACK. A hateful and mean-spirited person is one who is lost. If we can remember that - then maybe [just maybe] we can pray for those who hurt us and ask God to help them to come out of the darkness. That would be an act of LOVE - and no doubt one that would be pleasing to God. Easy to do? Not for me!! I have a long way to go.



All of this brings me to the yet another commandent - the one that tells us to 'forgive those who trespass against us'. That commandment can be found within the Lord's prayer. To forgive someone who has hurt us - for most of us - is extremely difficult to do. [it is for me - at least] My gut reaction to the idea of forgiving my enemy AND loving my enemy is one where I feel God is asking me to become a WORM. But that's not true at all. [inspite of how it feels] We become BIGGER when we love and forgive - NOT smaller. The 'world' tells us otherwise - but we are also commanded NOT to be OF the 'world'. We must move beyond what the 'world' tells us and become pleasing to God. THAT is the responsiblity of a Christian. That is what God wants from us. That is what God wants us to BE. He wants us to become a vessel through which He can work. Those hands you find on the end of your arms CAN be God's hands - IF you allow God to use them. Your heart -beating within your chest - CAN become the heart of God - IF you allow it to be so. But if we choose to follow our nature - than God must keep His distance. God must stay OUT of our lives. I don't want God out of my life. Do you?!



It should be noted that to forgive someone DOES NOT MEAN that you must accept what they did or said to you as being OK. That is not what forgiveness is about. In most cases - how someone harmed you will NEVER BE OK. When we forgive someone - we let them GO. And when we let THEM go - we free ourselves from the burden of holding on to the hurt AND allow GOD [because our light will turn from red to green] to deal with those who hurt us. God commands us to forgive our enemies [and those who have hurt us] because it will liberate US and allow God to deal with the situation. We forgive others for OUR sake - NOT their sake.



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Re: Love Thy Enemy

Post by Rose'nShannenRox » Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:20 pm

Wow, that is really inspiriing..and so on time for me.

I have become hateful towards some people in my life...and i was talking to a friend of mine who just told me 'give it to God, then let it go'...it can be easy to give to him with my mind and not worry about it...but to give it truly with my heart is where my problem comes in...



I've felt a sort of distance from God lately cause i havent been keeping up my quiet times with him....ttake that time out of my day to focus totally on him.

It has made my days go much smoother, and he has revealed a lot of things to me in quiet times and i know he hears my prayers because he answers them all in time...just chillin and talkin as if he's an old friend you know? It's hard being a teen and a christian, especially in this day and age.

heh, yeah so ive put other things before him, which is bad...and i know i gotta work on that.



thanx for the word of encouragment, and ill be prayin for you!
Im a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast.I have stepped over the line.The decision has been made. Im a disciple of His.I wont look back,let up,slow down,back away,or be still...



My face is set,my gait is fast,my goal is heaven,my road is narrow,my way is rough,my companions are few,my Guide is reliable,my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised,detoured,lured away,turned back,deluded,or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,hesitate in the presence of the adversary,negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity,or meander in the maze of mediocrity.



I wont give up,shut up,let up,untill i have stayed up,stored up,prayed up,paid up,preached up for the cause of Christ.I am a disciple of Jesus.I must go till He comes,give till i drop,preach till all know,and work till He stops me; and when He comes for His own,He will have no problem recognizing me-my banner will be clear!



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Re: Love Thy Enemy

Post by A! Elbereth » Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:17 pm

I applaud you! :yahoo:



That Red Light analogy is genius. I wish I could explain that to a lot of people I know that say, 'Where was God when I needed this?, 'Why doesn't God answer me?'.
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Re: Love Thy Enemy

Post by 309756 » Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:56 am

Umm... it still doesn't explain why bad things happen to good people. I also find it ironic that so many Christians profess belief in this kind of commandment and then ridicule members of other religions or traditions or even those of different political stripes.

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Re: Love Thy Enemy

Post by Rose'nShannenRox » Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:53 am

its not supposed to answer that
Im a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast.I have stepped over the line.The decision has been made. Im a disciple of His.I wont look back,let up,slow down,back away,or be still...



My face is set,my gait is fast,my goal is heaven,my road is narrow,my way is rough,my companions are few,my Guide is reliable,my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised,detoured,lured away,turned back,deluded,or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,hesitate in the presence of the adversary,negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity,or meander in the maze of mediocrity.



I wont give up,shut up,let up,untill i have stayed up,stored up,prayed up,paid up,preached up for the cause of Christ.I am a disciple of Jesus.I must go till He comes,give till i drop,preach till all know,and work till He stops me; and when He comes for His own,He will have no problem recognizing me-my banner will be clear!



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Re: Love Thy Enemy

Post by CanadaCraig » Thu Sep 15, 2005 6:52 am

Hi Everyone!! :)



I really appreciate the responses. It's always a bit scary - I have to admit - to share part of what you believe.



Hi Rose'nShannenRox!! :)



I'm glad you're going to be praying for me. I'll do the same for you. I won't pray anything specifically - of course - because I don't know what you really need. But God certainly does - so I'll ask Him to give you what you need. [and I hope you'll do the same for me!!] It's funny how sometimes someone will say something that we need to hear. That's happened to me a few times in my life. I'm glad that the timing of my message was 'just right' insofar as what you needed to hear.



Hi A! Elbereth!! :)



Thank you!! I suppose the fact that I live and breath CARS might explain the red light/green light analogy!! But seriously - I always find things easier to understand difficult subjects when they are explained in the most simplistic of terms. Far too often people 'God-Talk' in such a way that I wonder if anyone is getting the message. [including the person giving it!!]



Hi pandasandpenguins!! :)



You're right - it doesn't explain why bad things happen to good people. But maybe if you think of it this way - it might help. A righteous man [one pleasing to God] and an unrighteous man [one not-so-pleasing to God] will both get rained on in life. The difference is - the righteous man will have oars in his boat [so to speak] whereas the unrighteous man will not. The righteous man will KNOW deep down inside that whatever it is that he is going through - no matter how difficult his life may become - something good will come of it all. The unrighteous man does not share that same level of hope. It's always better [in my opinion] to suffer with hope than to suffer without.



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Re: Love Thy Enemy

Post by A! Elbereth » Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:11 pm

Maybe bad things happen because we live on planet earth, which in turn is full of evil... there's a link to everything that happens in this world.
Your soul.

Your body.

Your mind.


Keep it Purified.



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Re: Love Thy Enemy

Post by junglemonkey » Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:40 pm

Wow that was an absolutely wonderful post, thankyou so much for posting that :) It really rang true with some issues in my life, and helped me!



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