Love Your Enemies

Think of D Day and the image that immediately springs to mind is of the beaches of Normandy. But the first significant engagement of the day actually took place inland just after midnight while the landing craft were still in the Channel. The target was a small bridge that crossed the Caen River and the canal that ran beside it – if the Germans held the bridge then the Allied forces would be pinned inside the Landing Zones, and the whole invasion might stall and fail. Whoever held the bridge could dictate the course of the war.

 

As with that bridge so too with the battlefield of the human mind, where a small change in thinking can lead to significant consequences. Convince someone, for example, that a particular group of people are to be regarded as enemies, and that it is your duty to attack them, and that to do so will win you an eternal reward, and all hell may be let loose. But convince someone that it is their duty to love and care for their enemies and a quite different set of circumstances will unfold. Jesus gave this latter command to his disciples, and the early church of the Roman Empire was ridiculed for putting it into practice. But it was a command that reflected the true nature of God and lives were changed for the better as a result.

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