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Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Love your enemies - Jesus

Love your enemies.
- Jesus (Matthew 5:44)

Do to others as you would have them do to you.
- Luke 6:31 (the "Golden Rule")

Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite [religious leader], when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan [Samaritans and Jews generally disliked and were suspicious of each other] came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds ... and ... took him to an inn and took care of him. ...
Jesus [said] "Go and do likewise."
- Luke 10:25-37 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan)

Have you ever stopped to contemplate what makes Heaven "heavenly?" For me, heaven on earth would be a world without hate or anger, where everyone lived by the "Golden Rule" and stepped up to being a "Good Samaritan."

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