Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
True strength of character and power comes not in our ability to overcome those that oppose us with force or vengeance, but in returning only love and kindness in the face of ridicule, scorn or attack. Love does conquer all…even our own destructive tendencies!
Thought for the day
I tell you it is so easy to love those that are ours. Our Lord lets us know that there is no recompense in loving those who we like, cherish and admire, especially our own. But to do the same for those who are mean to us and promote nothing that would make them be seen as lovable….well that is truly worthy of God’ approval.
Do I just concentrate on loving those that are lovable or am I doing all I can do to love those I do not like?
If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. ~Proverbs 25:21,22~
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ~Romans 12:17-21 (NKJV)~
Give to him who keeps on begging from you, and do not turn away from him who would borrow [at interest] from you. You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike].
~Jesus / Matthew 5:42-45 (Amp)