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PDF ¿ BOOK Loving Our Enemies Ï MONEYEXPRESSCARD Ê Not everything Jesus taught must be regarded as a commandment Counsels on voluntary poverty or celibacy for instance have been seen as an option for a small minority of Christ s followers The same cannot be said about the love of enemies This does not fall in the if you woNot everything Jesus taught must be regarded as a commandment Counsels on voluntary poverty or celibacy for instance have been seen as an option for a small minority of Christ s followers The same cannot be said about the love of enemies This does not fall in the if you would be perfect category It is instead basic Christi A truly wonderful book reflecting on loving our enemies and the strength of and reuired by nonviolence It is filled with discussions on practice and philosophy all illustrated through examples of how others have enacted this most difficult commandment in their own lives However rather than relying on examples of the extraordinary and the well known Forest chose individuals whom history forgot thereby showing us how even simple acts of kindness and courage in the face of adversity have the power shine in the darkness In so doing we are reminded that we too regardless of our past failures our present fears and future obstacles can love our enemies and in so doing transform ourselves others and the world entire

PDF ´ Loving Our Enemies ½ Jim Forest

Anity which Jesus taught through direct instruction through parables and by the example given with his own life And yet it is undoubtedly the hardest commandment of all one that runs counter to our natural inclinations It is as Jim Forest shows a commandment that calls for prayer discernment and constant practice Along wit I think if someone wants to read an introductory book on how does one live as a peacemaker or a pacifist this is a good place to start Some basic ideas as to what it means to try to live without engaging in violence in one's life It is written from an Orthodox bent but not written exclusively for Orthodox Christians

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Loving Our EnemiesH reflections drawn from scripture the lives of the saints and modern history Forest offers nine disciplines of active love including praying for enemies turning the other cheek forgiveness and recognizing Jesus in others that make the love of enemies if not an easier task then a goal worth striving toward in our daily liv Loving Our Enemies by Jim Forest was the summer reading book for Sunday catechism teachers at my parish We discussed each section of the book over 2 evenings as it is divided into 2 sections defining what constitutes an enemy and how one can love their enemiesOverall the book provided a lot of useful information for Christians of any stripe He moves beyond the stereotypical definition of an enemy as a person antagonistic towards oneself and and breaks it down to just about anyone that we fear Profoundly he points out that often our greatest enemy is our self His future chapters focus on this definition of enemy in the context of war time relationships between family members and fear of those we may dislike because their ideology race clothing religion etc may be different than one ownOne point of criticism in the book was the discussion of enemies during war The author is a pacifist and believes that all Christians should take this approach when it comes time for war While it is true that Thou Shall Not Kill is one of the Commandments in the context of defense killing can be justifiable Consider the outcome of WWII if during the war all those who professed Christianity and thus as pacifists refused to serve in the armed forces As the author does mention dropping bibles over Germany would probably not have ended the warMy favorite part of the book was the chapter on praying for enemies at the beginning of the second section of the book I plan on incorporating it into my class in the coming Fall I found the idea of thinking of people I regard as enemies and then praying for them to be rather profound even though I already know I am supposed to love my enemies I hope to encourage my students to do so as well A highly worthwhile read