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Lent Day 18 – ‘Love your enemies’

Tuesday 21st March 2017

 

Luke 6 : 27 – 31

But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.


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  1. We cannot and must not under-estimate the power of this instruction. It is contrary to our human nature and something that we have to rely on God totally for, but he is amazing and I believe (and have learned from my experience) that he will protect us and bless when we choose to take this difficult step of faith.

    Carol Chisnall on
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  2. This is a verse that has helped me a great deal because it gives us clear instruction, for if we hold onto anger and resentment we can’t shine with Gods love. To show love and forgiveness to my abuser has been life giving to me and in turn hopefully to those around me. Xx

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  3. even before reading this I had done it – so someone was speaking to me- have arranged to see my mum which is always a bit difficult as she is quite needy and demanding
    also need to try and mend another relationship with someone at church but that may take longer to do

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  4. “Enemy” is such a protean word. RIP Martin McGuiness but I agree with the father of the boy killed by the IRA in Warrington, who cannot forgive the perpetrators of that act.

    Michael Jameson on
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  5. The problem comes when asked to forgive someone who has hurt those closest and dearest to you. Forgiving someone who did wrong to you is much easier than forgiving someone who inflicted harm on your child.

    Jan Loxley Blount on
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  6. We must keep on trying, even when we fail. That’s why we need God’s strength.

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  7. Regrettably, life and the media are full of stories that suggest that such attitudes and actions are often absent.

    Lord, instill in us patience, tolerance, forgiveness,
    generosity of thought and action,
    a desire to see, understand, respect
    and love the other.

    Richard Ball on
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