Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Good Work of Your Enemies

Do you know why the Lord says “Love your enemies” (Luke 6:27)? Because your enemy does something your friends don’t do. Your enemy, which means the person who bugs you, has the power to bring something out in you that is not like Jesus. When your enemy walks into a room, you’re already disturbed. It shows that there is something in you that lacks love and gentleness. Don’t say, if it wasn’t for that person I could be holy. No. You can be holy because of that person. That person is making you holy; making you choose the good; making you like Jesus.

The actions of your enemy are nothing compared to what you are doing to yourself because of his actions. What’s planted in the soil of memory produces fruit, good or bad. Your memory is so filled with anger and hurt feelings that it cannot hold anything good. But if you show mercy and forgiveness toward your enemies, you can blamelessly live in the present, and God will take care of the rest. ---Mother Angelica, Little Book of Life's Lessons and Everyday Spirituality



Shawie

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Debbie said...

It's amazing that if you pray for your enemies, it often changes your heart attitude about them. Blessings to you today, Shawie.

Sandy said...

Wow, I really never thought of it that way before. You often hear, know your enemies, keep your enemies close etc.; but this is an interesting twist.

Sandy

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MAC said...

Your words were much needed today since my "enemy" has driven me crazy for the last 4 days. Thank you for your words of wisdom.
Martha

Shinade aka Jackie said...

Shawie what a wonderful reminder to all of us.

Especially during these trying times right now all over the world.

I can't say I always succeed but this is one rule I try hard to always remember and follow.

I hope you have a great week!!
Jackie:-)

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Very powerful post, Shawie. I am so glad to be back here in your inspiring blog. :)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Yes, God uses our enemies to develop certain traits and character that are still lacking in us. We are being taught lessons of humility, forgiveness, patience and tolerance, lessons we can never learn from ordinary circumstances. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Beautifully said. Definitely has me thinking about someone in particular and how I should handle them.

StaceyC4 said...

That was pretty amazing. What a great way to look at it. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that Jesus doesn't say "Don't have enemies," but "Love your enemies." He knows us so well.