Hello again, this post and the next two will be talking about some excerpts from a book I’m reading by Martin Luther. A lot of times, people like me are quick to tell people to love their enemies but never really are we able to fully explain what it means. so, here is what I could get from Martin Luther. enjoy.
How do we Love our enemies?
First, we must DEVELOP and MAINTAIN the capacity to FORGIVE. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. Forgive means to stop feeling anger toward someone (who has done something wrong). When people hurt us in ways we never expected them to (which we never expect anyway), the way to love them is not to act like they never hurt us. In fact, forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on the hurtful act. but to stop feeling angry at them for what they have done and that the hurtful act no longer poses as a barrier to that relationship. When we are able to do this consistently, we can say that we love people.
Applying the same thing to our “enemies”(and friends) every time they hurt us is what will develop the power of forgiveness in us and for us to maintain it, we have to be constantly deliberate about forgiving them. The degree to which we are able to forgive, determines the degree to which we are able to love…
Book: STRENGTH to LOVE by Martin Luther