Love your Enemies

Updated: May 9, 2020

The light of the body is the eye: If therefore your eye is single, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye is Evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No Man can serve two masters: But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things shall be added to you. Then Jesus said: I am the light of the world; he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of Life!

You are the salt of the Earth: But if the salt has lost its savor, with what shall it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot by men. So, follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no Man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently unless any root of bitterness springing up troubles you, as many are defiled that way. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed Evil thoughts, murders, wickedness, deceit, an Evil eye. All these things come from within and defile the Man. Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: As tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself and there is enough Evil each day. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

If I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and do not have Charity, it profits me nothing. The fruit of the Spirit is Love: Love is Joy – Charity rejoices in the Truth; Love is Peace - Charity thinks no Evil thoughts; Love is Long-suffering (Patience) – Charity is Long-suffering; Love is Kind – Charity is Kind; Love is Good – Charity does not rejoice in Iniquity; Love is Faith – Charity Believes all things, hopes all things; Love is Gentle – Charity Endures all things; Love is Meek (Self-Control) – Charity is not Self-seeking, is not easily provoked; is not puffed up, does not behave itself in an unseemly manner, does not envy. Against Love there is no Law: Charity never fails!

And we know that all things work together for the Good of them that love God, who are the called according to His purpose: For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestine to be conformed to the image of His Son.

Thus, I say to you: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do Good to them that hate you, and pray for them who spitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father who is in Heaven: For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. If you love them that love you, what reward do you have? For with the same measure that you mete, it shall be measured to you.

A good Man, out of the good treasure of his heart, brings forth that which is Good; and an evil Man, out of the evil treasure of his heart, brings forth that which is Evil: For of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. You do not know of what kind of spirit you are: If you are of your father the devil, you will do the lusts of your father, for he was a murderer from the beginning. But the Son of Man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. Jesus said: The thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy; I am come that they might have Life.

You are troubled about many things: But one thing is needed, the Word of God. In your patience, possess your souls. I have prayed for you, that your faith does not fail: And when you are converted, strengthen your brothers. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, but is long-suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Hate Evil, you who love the Lord who preserves the souls of His godly ones: He remembers His Holy Covenant; that He would grant us to be delivered out of the hand of our enemies, to serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness. Thus, the Lord your God, you shall fear; and He will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself: This do, and you shall live.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.

Abhor that which is Evil, cleave to that which is Good; serving the Lord, patient in tribulation; continuing in prayer and bless them who persecute you: Bless and do not curse. Recompense to no Man Evil for Evil. If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to God’s 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 drink. Do not be overcome by Evil but overcome Evil with Good.

Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? But and if that Evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord delays His coming and shall begin to smite his fellow-servants; the Lord shall come in a day when he does not look for Him and shall appoint him his portion with the hypocrites.

You have heard: Thou shalt not kill, and whoever shall kill shall be in danger of the Judgment; but I say: Whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the Judgment. First be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, unless at any time the adversary delivers you to the judge. You have heard: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth; but I say: Do not resist Evil, but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. For the Lord was moved with compassion and loosed them and forgave them who owed Him a debt. And Jesus said: The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach deliverance to the captives. Whatever you shall bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven; and whatever you shall loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven. Forgive them, for they do not know what they do: Do not lay this sin to their charge; unless Satan should get an advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Let us cast out the works of Darkness and let us put on the armor of Light. Be wise to what is Good and simple concerning Evil: And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. And every Man that strives for mastery is temperate in all things: We fight, but not as one that beats the air! Thus, recompense to no Man Evil for Evil: In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Love works no Evil to his neighbor: Thus, Love is the fulfillment of the Law. Bless them who persecute you: Bless and do not curse. Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven! Blessed are the meek: For they shall inherit the Earth. Blessed are the merciful: For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the peacemakers: For they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are the pure in heart: For they shall see God!

Thus, as you would that men should do to you, do to them likewise. Whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. The Lord is Good, He is a stronghold in the day of trouble: He knows them that trust in Him. For when we are weak, then we are strong: That the power of Christ may rest upon us. And having taken the spoil of principalities and powers, of the rulers of the Darkness of this world, of spiritual wickedness in high places: He makes a show of them, openly triumphing over them!

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