Thursday, February 12, 2009

The power of redemption...

Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says, "Love your enemies." Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Loving Your Enemies
If we love, we are in Christ, and it is Christ's love with which we love our enemies (John 13.34), even more somehow than our friends (Matthew 5.43-48) - that is why it holds the power of redemption.

But this is dangerous; we can only love like this if we are entirely without defences. This is what the Cross means, as far as I can see.

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