The Love Secrets 3: Love Your Enemies

Jesus said that we must love our enemies. “Our enemies”, on a spiritual level, means people we disagree with about what is or isn’t true, and truth apart from good divides people. So take time today to think about someone you disagree with, and commit to taking a step toward connecting with the good in them.

Love is something you do. That means there are specific things you can do to be more loving, and thus experience more love in your life. Therefore be intentional about loving others, and take active steps to become better at it, so you can increase the total happiness in the world.

Listen to part 3 of The Love Secrets, “Love Your Enemies”:

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Here are the readings from “Love Your Enemies”:


Luke 6:27-42

[Jesus said,] “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

Secrets of Heaven 6148:6

Divine Truth separated from Divine Good condemns all people, whereas Divine Truth united to Divine Good saves them. Judged by Divine Truth a person is condemned to hell, but Divine Good brings them out of there and raises them into heaven. Salvation comes of mercy and so springs from Divine Good; but damnation exists when a person rejects mercy and they so cast Divine Good away from themselves, as a consequence of which they are left to be judged by Truth.

 

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