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I MUST LOVE MY ENEMIES                  By   Phil Guerena Sr   
        
I must love my enemies is impossible to fulfill by the very nature of the situation.  However, this is a Biblical command.  For so many of us it is hard enough to get along with, and forgive, family and friends, so to love our enemies is a near impossibility.  Many times feelings are easily hurt by unkind words, attitudes or disagreements.  “He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.” (Proverbs 17:9)    The Biblical advice is do not speak nor think upon any disturbing words or actions directed at you or yours. They can only cause divisions and resentments that could be maintained for years and even throughout generations.  They must not prevail among us.

Conflicting views and thoughts are found anywhere especially among acquaintances.  In the first century and the early Christian church, this was common as it is today.  The Apostle Paul writes to a church he started and knows intimately to refrain from animosities.  There were two ladies in the church who were on the verge of wrecking the church. He begs them to be of one mind.   “I implore Euodia and implore Syntyche to be of one mind in the Lord.” (Philippians 4:2) To each one of these ladies he personally and publically begs for peace among them.  Being of one mind might have been a term that was clear in that day. John the Apostle writes in Revelation 17:13, “These are of one mind, and they gave their power and authority to the beast.”    So the final decision on how you should reply to friends and family when in despair because of them; is to give authority to the Lord, our Savior and God. He commands that you should love as He does and forgive one another as He forgave us.  Your pride and hurt feelings cannot be allowed to separate close friends nor the church.

Now you can work on forgiving your enemies because hopefully they are not of your household.  Enemies are sometimes easy to identify. These are persons who intentionally hurl insults and verbal poison against you.  Their desire is to hurt you and belittle you all they can. In the world about us they stand out with false statements. Lies and condemnations are their only joy when speaking about you.  In the church they are called raging wolves in sheep’s clothing. They seem so pious and righteous, but make no mistake, they want to hurt you and destroy you. Of course, they claim it is done in the name of the Lord so it seems honest and truthful.  Another term for them is that they are accusers of the brethren.

Without a doubt, the accusers of the brethren are inspired by Satain himself.  He was godly and righteous and spoke so calmly that he seemed to be in total self-control.  He deceived one third of the angles in heaven. It is no wonder that these people can gather a following in attacking and bringing down any godly person or persons.  They are following God’s will, they say. But it is the god of this world that they are following in spite of the fact that it is done in a church. Even these must be forgiven and the other cheek turned.   “You have that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and those who curse, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”  (Matthew 5:43-44)
  
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