4 Reasons to LOVE your ENEMIES.

Doesn’t Hatred and Anger feel good?  Is it ever justified?  Or is it an escape, like a drug, allowing you to feel the high and the rush through your whole being?

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Clint Eastwood’s brilliant work exemplified here with images from the wounded in “Flags of our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima”.  The message and stories shared in both films give us a moving and painful reminder of the tragedy when Hatred and Anger come to full bloom.  Did anyone really win?  Fathers, husbands, mothers, children all terribly affected by the unrestrained commitment to act in this manner.

Napoleon Bonaparte –A true man hates no one.”

Based upon many of my own experiences, I have had the opportunity to engage in Hatred and Anger.  Especially with what was directed toward me and my loved ones over the last year in response to “The Call” I made on Monday Night Football.  In my book, Making the Call, I share that my response to all the extremely Hateful and Angry was one of forgiveness and compassion.  Why would I forgive?  Didn’t I have the right to respond in kind?

This is a comment from someone who read my book – “You had every right to be internally very angry and feel very hurt. In that respect, I am a bit surprised that your writing does not seem to express that as much (unless I missed it). To me, an internal conscious reaction of anger and hurt would have been very justified to the bad reactions to your call.”  HH

My response – “I have discovered over my 28+ years of walking with The Lord, that anger just leads to resentment and unforgiveness.  I believe from what is laid out in the scripture that if others had the information that I have, they would react differently most of the time(it is impossible for any of us to reach perfection).  Even when it comes to competing, or acts that one must commit for survival in combat, I find that the emotion of anger clouds the judgement and doesn’t allow for disciplined tactics.”

The 4 Reasons to Love your Enemies –

  1. Hatred hurts you more than it hurts your Enemies – it affects your mind, body and soul with both short term and long term affects.
  2. If they knew what you knew you would probably be friends – most of us are struggling for the same thing and can work better together.
  3. You can learn from their perspective – if you remain calm, you can hear what their perspective is and they may have some great insight.
  4. Love is greater than Anger – love conquers all things and is more powerful, sustaining and uplifting bringing a fruitful outcome.

Romans 12:17-19 – Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Bible Verses to consider:  Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27, John 12:25