Saturday, October 18, 2008

CRY FOR YOUR ENEMY

By Kim McLean



German theologian-pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed for opposing the Nazi regime. With a heart of great compassion, even for his persecutors, he wrote: "Nothing that we despise in the other man is entirely absent from ourselves. We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or don't do, and more in the light of what they suffer."

When you have an encounter with the living God, through the Holy Spirit; when you have a revelation of Jesus Christ, you know God to be Reality. When you know the Reality of God, you know the Reality of Love, and Love, though it cannot tolerate evil, cannot judge with anything EXCEPT Love. Only Love. This is why our hearts break for the lost. This is how we share in the sufferings of God. When you have cried for your enemies, you have participated in a Divine emotion.

And so it is written:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

"Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted."

"Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful,

for they will receive mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3-10

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