Comment: The power of love is greater than enmity

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The power of love is greater than enmity

but loving your enemy does not mean to welcome victimization, exploitation, nor plunder. Rather it means to extend mercy, kindness, and generosity of our free will, by faith in God who is merciful, kind and gracious to us, even when we were enemies of Him. When Jesus said, "whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also"; consider the fact that most people are right-handed. When standing face to face, that would mean a back-handed, or insulting blow, not one that would usually knock you down or out.

A less well known quote from Jesus says, "But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up." While the application was to another end, the truth is still there that defense of property from the intentions of the thief should be met with force sufficient to protect from plunder; even deadly force, to not suffer from theft within his home, because it may cost "the goodman" his life if the thief would dare cross his threshold.

Loving your enemies, in the context of the sermon on the mount, was addressed to his Jewish disciples to encourage them to extend grace in the face of even strong disfavor; but NOT to define a domestic, or even a foreign policy, towards those who mean to harm our life, liberty, or property; as I read and understand it.

Luke 6:35-36 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass