Empathy, sincere compassion. Sympathy? Paths that lead to loving my enemy.
How do I arrive at the place where I can love my enemy?
“Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked ‘Which one wins?’ I answer, the one I feed the most.”Sitting Bull, Lakota Sioux Chief
I must realize that I once was that person. I had those two dogs in me. I fed the wrong one. I remember what it was like to be chained to grotesque sin and spiritual hideousness that manifest it self in temporal ugliness toward God and others… and myself!
“Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked ‘Which one wins?’ I answer, the one I feed the most.”
I needed someone to reach down, lovingly and loose me from that bondage – loose the chain that I was constantly charging against – that constraint that anchored me in vile and vicious hate for all good things.
“If I could let myself off of that chain, I would have done it long ago.”
Jesus does that for us. And now I try to do it for others. How?
Love the unlovable. Forgive the unforgivable.
“…love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you… For if you love (only) those who love you… Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others?Mathew 44-47
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”John 3:18-21
Never stop doing good. Be absolutely undeterred.
“ ‘Love the Lord (your) God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “Mathew 22:37-38