To love my enemies

                   Love your enemies          and pray for those who persecute you.                   —Matthew 5.44

Heavenly Lover, I confess I don't want to love. I want to protect my fear, my hurt and anger. I want to fix, to control, to be right, to unload my pain onto another.

When I am this way, so self-absorbed, so sure of my right, I abandon your love and work against you. I become your enemy.

And yet you love me. No being right, no winning, just the cross, just your love.

May your love absorb my pain and fear; may your love become my love. May I actually love my enemy, love them as your beloved, wounded and precious as I am. Let me see myself in them, broken and afraid and tangled in faults, and truly love them, with love undiluted by fear or self-concern, but only wonder and thanksgiving, and desire that they be well and whole. May I love my enemy as myself.

By your love in me, let me love.

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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