Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Why Love Your Enemies? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Why Love Your Enemies? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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'I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matt. 5:44). The fact is, the aggressor does not need more aggression, any more than the drug abuser needs more drugs or the alcoholic needs another drink.

We can ask God to help us see evidence of the way that He has created each of us - right in the place where an aggressor seems to be. This asking is the prayer Christ Jesus spoke of.

God creates nothing other than what is in His "image" and "likeness" (see Gen. 1:26.) In other words, God creates nothing other than what is good. I had an experience that brought this fact to light. An individual who owed me a lot of money said and did everything possible to make me look like a liar and a fool. I had to go to court three times in six months. Leaning on God, I was able to remain poised throughout this ordeal. But I had not gained true insight into how to love, bless, do good to, pray for, the aggressor. I had not seen him as the perfect child of God. One day while sitting in court, I noticed the various people waiting for their cases to be heard. Many seemed upset and distraught. One man in particular sat in a corner with his head down, never looking up. Instead of dwelling on my own problems, I decided to pray silently the Lord's Prayer. I chose this prayer because it includes all of us, all humankind. As I began "Our Father," I included everyone in that courtroom. Suddenly, to me there was no more aggressor. There were only God's children sitting together in the harmony of Love. I prayed to see that the one true Judge is the Almighty God. He is Truth, the Judge and jury of the universe. I felt the cold atmosphere of the courtroom change. And I was really at peace, for the first time in many months. As people went before the judge one by one, they came out of that courtroom happy, smiling, and rejoicing. One lady even stepped into the hallway and wished everyone goodwill. …

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