Thought I would share this piece I wrote, knowing I still struggle with it myself and from time to time see it crop up on some posts. If it is the Truth then it comes from God not me.... as I am certain we are nothing but dispensers of all that God has given us -- Spiritual or Material. On judgment day we will give an account for how we used all he gave us.
Hatred and foolish(flesh) judgments cannot be overcome by hatred and foolish judgment ---- nay, these tools of Satan can be subdued and overcome by Love and Truth alone. Love and Truth are as husband and wife, though they are two, in Truth they are one and the same in God. Be re-born as a loving son/daughter of God's by Trust, in his Love, Truth, and Obedience to his Will for you.
When doubt, conflict, or differing opinions are before you, always hold to Love, Compassion, Mercy, and Gentleness(as you would if it were your own infant child).... just as God does with us, even though we offend him each and every day through our thoughts, words, or actions.
Rebuke the action of sin but, Love always the sinner, just as you would have God do unto you, so should we Love our sisters and brothers all ... never hating or judging that which God created.
The most valuable Lessons are those we Learn from that which we consider our enemies. Learn to Love them in Truth, soon enough you will have no enemies and have purged the hatred from your soul, with God's help.
Know that the greatest Enemy is our own flesh desires. Satan is revealed many times in Spirit and Flesh in the Bible --- it is simply us overcoming our foolish flesh desires and conforming to God's Will and Lessons for us in this Life, Time, and world he prepared for us... God has given us authority over Satan( ourselves & foolish flesh desires ) and a helping hand when we ask. When we overcome our foolish selves we will have overcome this world and Satan...this is the narrow path.
Love your enemies but, Know there is no greater enemy of Truth than self.... We must have courage to fight the battle within, knowing that we will face the greatest hatred from flesh that seeks to hide from, and kill a Truth that is simply trying heal their wounded souls thru repentance. We must clean our own house to receive the kingdom of heaven before we know how to help others clean their house.
Edited by bfloydo, 16 October 2013 - 08:17 PM.