It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Chapter 2, Page 23, Book 19

An enemy is someone that God puts in our path that is most in need of our love, not retaliation or retribution or harm or insult.

John Carmody

February 23rd - love your enemy

To get rid of an enemy, one must love him.

Leo Tolstoy

One of the hardest ways to love is loving our enemies.  In my experience the easiest way to love someone I consider an enemy is to pray for them. 

If an enemy treats you badly, there is no reason to act the same way.  We should never let someone steal the love we have in our hearts.  I don’t want to be an enemy so I will not act like one.

I don’t have to support their actions but I have to love them and pray for them.  

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend..

Abraham Lincoln

Loving your enemy doesn’t mean you excuse their actions.  It means you forgive them for what they’ve done.  Living with prayer and forgiveness in our hearts, is to repay injury with blessing and hate with love.

Being unforgiving and holding grudges keeps our anger alive and squelches that love we are called to offer.  Lack of forgiveness keeps us trapped in a cycle of revenge.  Prayer turns the whole situation over to the good Lord, who certainly knows what He is doing.

It’s not easy but at the same time it is not impossible, for nothing is impossible with God.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Love and prayer can work miracles.

jack69 said...

This one is tough..... I mean this one is tough... But as my mama ALWAYS said: Prayer changes things. I have been fortunate in my own life to see this. I do hope to see it at least one more time before I die.

From a rainy chilly North Carolina.
Sherry & jack

Mevely317 said...

Oh, such a difficult assignment!
Then again, there are times I think God had a hand in imparting His word via song. For instance? "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden."


forgiveness is the key. "We should never let someone steal the love we have in our hearts. "

betty said...

I agree with praying for our enemies. I've done that in the past and it has changed my whole perspective about them.