Saturday, March 7, 2020

Lenten Reflections, Day Eleven, Second Saturday of Lent, Love our enemies?

Day Eleven, Second Saturday Of Lent.
Love our enemies?
Mathew 5: 43-48
43“ You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,  what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Jesus is teaching us that we are to be like God, perfect.

In order to be perfect, Jesus teaches that we have to love our enemies as well as our friends.

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and a respect for the interdependent web.

Jesus tells us that God loves God’s creation universally and unconditionally. Jesus says that God has the sun rise on the good and evil, and it rain on the righteous and unrighteous. God plays no favorites, why should we?

What makes us think we are special and entitled? Is it our ego or the Spirit within us?

Jesus tells us that all of humanity and all of God’s creation require our love and respect Universally.

Should I love my enemies and those who hurt and scare me?

Yes. We are to eschew the things of the ego and choose the things of the Spirit. That means that like God is perfect we are to be perfect to and love unconditionally.

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