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Are You Thankful for Your Enemies

Love-Your-Enemies

Christians today look at the practice of Christians in times past as proof that war and vengeance is compatible with the Spirit of Christ. Even one of the immediate followers of our Savior, whose eyes had rested upon His harmless face, whose ears had received the flood of His pleasant voice, requested permission to call down fire and death to destroy his Master’s enemies. “He knew not,” said Jesus, “what spirit he was of.” The current practice of professing Christians today cannot be relied upon as a proof of what is right and honorable. By their example ignorant followers of men would pull the white robe of righteousness over all the errors, crimes, and corruptions of a now crippled Christendom. The standard of the Cross has hung heavily, blood-soaked, over pillage, plunder, and violence, in every corner of the world, making the name of Jesus a by-word and a reproach to the unbeliever and heathen. Please, my “Christian” friends do not broadcast the glory of your cruel allegiance as a defense of your passion for patriotism and war, it does not resonate with love and truth; it does not represent Christ

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his fellowman is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us (His enemies). And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” 1 John 3:14-16

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