Elaina Simpson, C.S.
Loving our so-called enemies
By Elaina Simpson, C.S.
So often, it's tempting to avoid facing down a belief that would seem to be the biggest enemy: That is, the suggestion that we have enemies in other people. Anyone can mentally begin to face down the belief in personal enemies. So often, the suggestion may come to thought that this mental work is not important. Or even, that the prerequisite to spiritual study on this topic is only for those physically on a battlefield with weapons pointed at them. The Oxford definition of enemy is "a person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something." (You may think, Hah! I notice the suggestion of enemies just opening my facebook feed, at work or school, or even at family dinners!) So, whether someone seems to be opposed to or hostile to you, or whether you feel opposed to, or hostile towards someone else, there's always a mental step we can take towards loving those whom we call enemies. You can feel the healing freedom that comes with loving all of God's creation. When we do this, we find ourselves unscathed. You'll realize that certain situations that may have appeared threatening or offensive in the past, just don't even touch you. This of course doesn't mean we love and accept erroneous or unrighteous or wicked acts, but rather, separating the error from the person-- And loving that person for the good of who they truly are; How God created them and how God sees them. (Whether that individual knows it or not!) One of the most thorough articles I have seen on this topic, was written by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science. It's called Love Your Enemies. Enjoy. I love this podcast that gives real examples of how we can drink up and apply these ideas and then, see healing in our lives. Have a great day,
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