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FREE DOWNLOAD ô Loving Our Enemies ´ 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 would be perfect category It is instead H 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 Reflections on the Hardest Commandment by Jim Forest is an important book It received the 2015 Gold Illumination Book Award for theology But this is not a volume filled with big theological terms but one that is accessible to anyone who wants to grapple with what Jesus would have us do love our enemiesJim Forest has devoted his life to the work of peace within the Christian context and this book is the result of his life’s workEarly in the book he states “Jesus implicitly ridicules the idea that good can be brought about by evil means Violence is not the means of creating a peaceful society Vengeance does not pave the road to forgiveness”Forest uotes extensively from various early church fathers and Christian activists such as Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day whom he personally knew to present the case that we have no option as Christians but to forgive to let go to turn the other cheek and to yes love our enemiesPart Two of the book presents the “Nine Disciplines of Active Love” which are1 praying for enemies2 doing good to enemies3 turning the other cheek4 forgiveness5 breaking down the dividing wall of enmity6 refusing to take an eye for an eye7 seeking nonviolent alternatives8 practicing holy disobedience9 recognizing Jesus in othersForest presents practical ideas that would work on both an interpersonal level and those that have implications on a larger scaleI have highlighted key uotes that I will be returning to And I will be purchasing copies to give as gifts Like I said “This is an important book”

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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. A series of short essays on Jesus' call to love our enemies which I wish I had read earlier An important book for a world full of fear violence and threatsIt's filled with commentaries on scripture texts uotations from the church fathers and holy persons through the ages and incredible stories about people who have lived out the call to love one's enemiesI highly recommend it together with Jim Forest's THE ROOT OF WAR IS FEAR

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Loving Our EnemiesNot 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