“Love your enemies”

Message of March 27, 1986 “Dear children! I wish to thank you for all the sacrifices and I invite you to the greatest sacrifice, the sacrifice of love. Without love, you are not able to accept either me or my Son. Without love, you cannot give an account of your experiences to others. Therefore, dear children, I call you to begin to live love within yourselves. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48  “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 sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. “

 What is the gift that God can only grant us.  It is grace – to treat others, not as you want to, but as God wishes them to be treated with love, kindness and mercy. God is good to all,  the unjust as well as the just. His love embraces us all, sinners and saints. God wants us to love everybody even those who hate and abuse us. He wants us to show kindness and mercy to everyone. This is hard to show such love, to people that have hurt us. But to love as God wants us to love we must show the same kindness and mercy which God has shown to us. It is easy to show kindness and love to people who give it back to us. So when we must show this kindness and mercy to people who will give nothing in return, this is true love, true grace which can only be done through God.  How can we possibly love those who hurt  us?  We must pray that we can forgive, truly forgive so that we can love.  With God all things are possible. He will give us the power and grace through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Truly believe and  His love will conquer all. Gods love can heal our hurts, fears, prejudices and griefs. Jesus died on the cross to free us from evil and sin. This should give us the courage to rebuke evil and return to good. His love and grace has the power to heal us all. Pray to the Holy Spirit for strength, grace, peace, joy  and wisdom, so you can walk with the Lord and share Gods love with everybody.

O Holy Spirit —Please, replace the tension within me with Holy Relaxation, replace the turbulance within me with Sacred Calm, replace the anxiety within me with Quiet Confidence, replace the fear within me with Strong Faith, replace the bitterness within me with the Sweetness of Your Grace, replace the darkness within me with a Gentle Light, replace the coldness within me with a Gentle Warmth — O Holy Spirit — Please. – unknown

-Mary Maddox


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