August 9, 2022     2:47 pm
322. Week of Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Love your enemies.
          Love your enemies.   Mathew 5:44
          It is against our natural inclination to love our enemies. But we Christians no longer are what we were by nature. We no longer are natural men who cannot be subject to the Law of God, but we are new-born men, and through the Spirit of Christ that which the Law demands, all commandments, including that which enjoins us to love our enemies, has become our second nature. But since we still have the old Adam within us, our inborn sinful nature, therefore the Saviour demands our second and new nature to come forth by saying: "Love your enemies." Oh, yes, just because the love of our enemies is so contrary to our old nature, we should remember all the more that we are new creatures, and should listen to the Word of Jesus: "Love your enemies." For, surely, we wish to do the will of God. It is the duty of Christians, God's children, to love their enemies, to bless them that curse them, to do good to them that hate them, to pray for them that despitefully use them and persecute them. They should be like their Father in heaven, who makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust, yes, who caused His Son to die for His enemies. For if we love them that love us, we are not even doing more than unbelievers. And if we greet only our brethren, what are we doing more than others? Don't even the children of the devil do this? We must strive after that perfection which we observe in our Father in heaven, and must love our enemies.
          PRAYER: - Lord God, dear Heavenly Father, who has made me Your dear child through Jesus Christ, my Saviour, and has given me a new heart through Your Holy Spirit, so that now I may know Your holy will and gladly do according to it: help me to overcome the old Adam, the sin that clings to me, and quicken the new man within me through Your Word, that the enmity of wicked men may not excite me to hatred, but that I may love my enemies as You loved me when I was Your enemy. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 9, 2022     2:47 pm