This month’s Bloggers for Peace Challenge is Love Thy Enemy. How does one love thy enemy? I think it helps to clarify ‘like’ versus ‘love’. To love is to be responsible, to do what is best, and to bring no harm to another, or oneself. To like is more personal, or individual. I may like chocolate; you may detest it. I may like having animals around; you may feel they are pests. Likes vary from person to person, but most of us would probably agree that we do not like people who are selfish, cruel, or violent, aka enemies. It is ok not to like them, but we can still love them. We all have that choice.
‘Enemies’ are sentient beings too. When someone acts in an unkind or non-loving way, they are hurting inside. Finding compassion for their suffering frees us from reacting and matching their behavior and energy, and opens up our hearts to love our enemies. An open heart is a peaceful one, and when peace and love radiate from our hearts, our ‘enemies’ can only either match our energy, or leave us alone. This is the Law of Attraction. It is only through compassion, love, and peace within, that the world will find peace without.
When we love ourselves, we cannot help but to love others. As Jesus said in Mark 12:31: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than this.
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