Hating Our Enemies

Jesus Without Baggage

Years ago, I was a manager in one of the departments of my denomination’s General Offices. The management culture was extremely heavy-handed, though not all supervisors were that way. One day I got a new supervisor who seemed to deliberately make my life a daily torment.

As the situation grew worse some of my supporters told me, ‘God will take care of him someday.’ I responded, ‘No he won’t; God will forgive him.’ And because I knew God would forgive him—I forgave him. Despite what he was doing to me, I wanted to see him as God sees him.

Hating enemies

You Have Heard; But I Say…

For the fifth time in his teaching session, Jesus countermands an Old Testament commandment.

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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3 Responses to Hating Our Enemies

  1. I came to your blog and what a surprise! Thanks for re-blogging my post.

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    I clicked “like” on it yesterday, but it was staying in my mind since then, so I decided to reblog it! 🙂

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  3. I appreciate it. I am glad you thought it was useful.

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