Beyond Social Convention

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Matthew 5:43 – 44 43 “You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy. 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you. (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.] 

Social convention calls upon us to love friends and neighbors while hating enemies and seeking revenge upon them. I have a different take for you — show compassion and love to your enemies. Don’t detach from them, instead connect with them and build a relationship. This latter behavior would show you off as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice. You aren’t going to rid the world of evil and enemies, however you will make the world a better place to live when you change one enemy onto a friend (or at least a non-combative acquaintance. If you only show compassion to those easy to love that is all you will receive in return — easy love and compassion. You are called to be all-inclusive as God is all-inclusive.

If you engage in acts of piety in order to make your ego feel better, then a short-term feel good is all you will have. So, don’t trumpet your good deeds in order that you might feel a little better. Extend yourself to others so that they might be included in God’s all-inclusiveness. That way, both of you will be citizens of the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice.”

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