What does it mean to me?
Well, for one thing, I pray for the Boston Bomber suspect, that he gets all his rights and an honest trial and the truth comes out. And I also prayed that he'd get saved, knowing being saved will be joy to him and get him through anything.
It generally means in real life that even for my *real* enemies, like people that I am physically fighting, that I hope I don't have to harm them more than I need to. It means not being vindictive, not rejoicing when my enemy gets knocked down, not wanting to use more force than necessary, only hitting because I have to, and concerned about my enemey as I hit him.
Most of the lost define enemy quite a bit more loosely than people you are really, physically fighting. I don't think they understand or even can conceive of it.
I've fought just fine in the past. I'm been blessed with being very quick, but it's more than that. I think you think faster when you put it on the level of God and not carnal, and regardless, God is our strength.
Love your enemies is not a concept you will understand fully before you are saved, because this is when we are at the point of asking to be saved, when we realize that we are enemies to God and filled with every sort of sin - our righteousness is only filthy rags, and yet He *died* to save us, while we were yet enemies. He loves us while we yet his enemy.
7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
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