“Love Your Enemies”

22 03 2011

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Our Redeemer! Remember my dear friends in my previous posting! It was a commandment from God ” To Love Our Neighbours As We Love Ourselves”. I believe it was something quite difficult for some of us to do! But now looking at the topic above, ” How are we going to do it?” ” Love Your Enemies!” This is even more difficult to do! Yes, it is indeed a very difficult thing to do and I admit it my friends. Why, does God like to take difficult things like this and make us to do it? I believe because He wants us to see the real inner person in us. And the best time to carry out this realization is during the Season of Lent. Again my friends you would ask me this question! ” Must we love our enemies?” and the answer is definitely Yes!

It is written in the gospel of St Matthew 5:44 “But I tell you:Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” 5:45 “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” 5:46 ” If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” Dear friends, God is very serious on this matter! How are we suppose to love our enemies that have persecuted us? Yes, and it is not an easy task to carry out. You cannot do it on your own strength. You need God to intervene in this kind of matter my friends! You can’t do it in your human flesh!

Friends we meet our enemies everyday in our work place, school, college and also in church services! Aha! Church service! Friends, are you feeling uneasy? Good, if you have that feeling because you are being convicted by the Holy Spirit! Let us be sincere about this my friends. Every week when we attend church service our enemies who have bad mouthed and gossiped about us is also there!  To me a Church is a place we go to worship God, its a place we receive peace and also to partake in the Holy Eucharist! Friends, what happens if you are in a church service and your enemy is sitting in a pew right in front of you? Can you worship in peace or is the presence of your enemy a disturbance to you! What about the time when the Priest gives the Peace to the congregation and your enemy is right in front of you? Are you not going to share the peace with your enemy? What about receiving the Holy Eucharist? In what manner are we receiving the Holy Eucharist? Are our hearts right before God? Is it not written in the gospel of St Matthew 6:14-15 ” For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you” ” But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” So friends, God does not want us to lose our Blessings that He wants to bless us with! I know very well that it is not easy to forgive your enemies if they have hurt you till the maximum. Let not all these things be a hindrance to us.

God loves all of us so much, even His enemies that crucified Him to the cross in Calvary! It is the season of Lent, and let us take this time to love and forgive our enemies who can even be our own flesh and blood and also our closest friends who have hurt us so deeply. Time is running out and Life is so short for each and every one of us to bear grudge against one another.Let it not be too late to Love and Forgive our enemies! Let not the hatred that we have towards our enemies stop us from attending church! This Sunday friends, take the opportunity to make Peace with one and another! Have a Blessed Lent season 2011.

God Bless.

Jasmine.C

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