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About Christian herald. (Portland ;) 1882-18?? | View Entire Issue (Feb. 9, 1883)
unbiased mind and Its profound as
science of sciences.
Every one who is truly converted.
to Christianity by the Gospel ac
cording to the will of God is renew
ed in the spirit of his mind and has
received the spirit of adoption
whereby he is enabled to call God
his Father. He .realizes that he is
Command as the command itself.
We are like our Father when we
love those who persecute IM>—QUE,
enemies. It is an easy matter to
love our brethren w’ho love us, or
to hold in high esteem those who
lavish kindness upon us, but to
love those who seek, to do us in
jury, is a different thing and a
The power of Jesus over men con
sists in his unfeigned love for them.
His lnytt diarmw tLwtt and-VomHMtfft
them. They know that nothing
can quench the flame of his great
heart; that he loves to the end ;
and heTTCe thousands of the best
minds have unreservedly surren
dered to him.
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vine (Jesus Christ), and is enabled here is one test of our loyalty to
to give a reason for the hope that Jesus. Are we equal to the trial ?
In loving our enemies God is our
is within him. “ If any man has
not the spirit of Christ he is none example: “ For he maketh his_sun
of his.” Any <» ii > who professes to to rise on tlie evil anti on the good,
be a Christian and denies that there and sendeth his rain on the just
is any spirituality in Christianity, and on the unjust.” David says,
that the unconverted experiences “ 1 have seen the wicked in great
no change of sentiment, no change power, and spreading himself like a
of desire or of affection in being green bay tree.” Yes, though they
converted to Christianity which is a are wicked enemies to God still he
change of heart, such a one has not prospers them and loves them. Anti
been converted or else he has sinned this is not unreasonable nor wrong.
The race of man is the work of his
against the light he had^received.
hand and he has amply, pro
We are ready to admit that the
vided for its teuipimiLjuiiLspirituaJ
salvation. But without fatth, re- wants.
It is no more unreasonable that
pentence and obedience there is no
we should love our enemies than
We have no right to sulistitute that God should love his, and
any thing for that which has l>een prosper them in the good things of
• establishe«l an«l confirmed by the this life. To love your enemies
word, for it is the swonl of the requires a character of love which
is possessed only by the children
Those who put their trust in God of God. We are not taught to
and in his word and approach him love our enemies better than our
with an humble contrite heart, so- friends, nor are we taught to love
liciting aid to understand his will them as well. But we must seek
to lienefit both, and in this God is
and word shall receive it.
example. “ The heavens de
Forbid that we should read the
Bible through Campbell, Scott, clare the glory of God ” to the
Wesley, Smith or any other man to righteous and the unrighteous. The
make it mean just what they sun and the moon give their light
thought; byt read it as the oracles to all men. The good and the evil,
the thankful and the unthankful,
of the living God.
It is obvious that whosoever be enjoy alike the rain and the sun
lieves, repents, reforms, and obeys shine. The laughing brook, the
smiling lake, and the thundering
from the heart is accepte«l.
We should grow in grace and in river, gladen the hearts rtf the good
the knowledge of the truth. We an«I the bad.
By loving our enemies w*e come
should walk in the light of the
inlo close fellowship and com
Gospel. “Awake thou that sleep-
munion with Christ. They put the
..... eat and Christ shall give you light.”
purple robe on him, placed a crown
In hope of the Gospel,
of thorns on his noble brow, spat
L. C. H ill .
on him, and mocked him ; still he
loved them, and diet! the just for
“ Love Your Enemies.”
the unjust. What a grand exem
F. M. RAINS.
plification of the law he gave to his
“ Love your enemies, pray for disciples did he manifest at the
them that persecute you; that you cross. To bear some cross or to
may be the sons of your Father take a walk in the garden of sor
who is in heaven.” Search the law row’ will elevate us to higher plains
Moses, the ethical teachings of of spirituality7 Try it, my brother,
the Greeks and Romans—-but He try it The joy that will thrill
alone said, Love your enemies that your soul will more than repay you
you may be the sons of God. 1’he i for the effort.
We should conquer evil with
command was new and its object
new. We should be as careful to good, hatred w’ith love and mercy.
Understand the purpose of a divine Jesus did, Paul did, and so can we.
surate only with our love. Tell
me a man’s love for God and I will
tell you of his love for his enemies
and his power for good. Thg
liberality of Jesus, the endurance
of Paul, the blood of all saints
unitize and harmonize in one word
But the grandest manifestation
of love, unselfishness, is seen in our
love for our enemies ; and of loving
them is one proof that we are the
children of God.
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