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There is a time in every Christian’s life
when realization is the measure of life…
the life we say we have found in Jesus
is to be exemplified even amid our strife,
and this very struggle is not the same as
when there is no conflict but drum and fife…
(real or imagined) we are to love our enemies!

 

It should be apparently easy to show love
when it is to a: Mother, Sister or Brother
but it quickly turns more difficult to love
someone causing you harm as another
when: a differing faith, believing something
you do not, an enemy you’d sooner smother…
(real or imagined) we are to love our enemies!

 

This is not just to be recognized but shown
in the actions we are to take… to heart,
love has come into the world to forgive
us all, to be known… and never to part
from our lives, and inorder for us to get
through, to the finish, we need to start…
(real or imagined) we are to love our enemies!

 

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Matthew 5:44 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/matthew/5-44.html
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 

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[What is observed below comes from the ‘Commentary Critical’ to the scripture above, found here by clicking through the ‘compare button’ and clicking on the ‘Commentary’ near the bottom of the page.]

 

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Ye are the salt of the earth–to preserve it from corruption, to season its insipidity, to freshen and sweeten it. The remedy for this, says our Lord here, is the active presence of His disciples among their fellows. The character and principles of Christians, brought into close contact with it, are designed to arrest the festering corruption of humanity and season its insipidity.

 

Ye are the light of the world–This being the distinctive title which our Lord appropriates to Himself ( John 8:12 , 9:5 ; and see John 1:4 John 1:9 , 3:19 , John 12:35 John 12:36 )–a title expressly said to be unsuitable even to the highest of all the prophets ( John 1:8 )–it must be applied here by our Lord to His disciples only as they shine with His light upon the world, in virtue of His Spirit dwelling in them, and the same mind being in them which was also in Christ Jesus. Nor are Christians anywhere else so called.

 

Let it be observed, too, that while the two figures of salt and sunlight both express the same function of Christians–their blessed influence on their fellow men–they each set this forth under a different aspect. Salt operates internally, in the mass with which it comes in contact; the sunlight operates externally, irradiating all that it reaches. Hence Christians are warily styled “the salt of the earth”–with reference to the masses of mankind with whom they are expected to mix; but “the light of the world”–with reference to the vast and variegated surface which feels its fructifying and gladdening radiance.

 

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But I say unto you, Love your enemies–The word here used denotes moral love, as distinguished from the other word, which expresses personal affection. Usually, the former denotes “complacency in the character” of the person loved; but here it denotes the benignant, compassionate outgoings of desire for another’s good. Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you–The best commentary on these matchless counsels is the bright example of Him who gave them. (See 1 Peter 2:21-24 ; and compare Romans 12:20 Romans 12:21 , 1 Corinthians 4:12 , 1 Peter 3:9 ). But though such precepts were never before expressed–perhaps not even conceived–with such breadth, precision, and sharpness as here, our Lord is here only the incomparable Interpreter of the law in force from the beginning; and this is the only satisfactory view of the entire strain of this discourse. When we find God’s own procedure held up for imitation in the law, and much more in the prophets, we may see that the principle of this surprising verse was nothing new: but the form of it certainly is that of One who spake as never man spake.

 

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