Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What Is An Enemy?

What is an enemy?  This question confronted me recently in contemplating the quote "If you love your enemies, you will have none."  The truth of this quote might fairly be called into question.  After all, you cannot change someone else's actions.  They may still treat you horribly, no matter how much you love them.  The world is full of examples to support that notion.

But what if "enemy" is defined not by how they treat us, but by how we view them?  If we seek to understand the root cause of someone's actions, and to forgive them and truly love them regardless of what they do, if we change our own frame of reference around that person, would we still call them "enemy"?

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