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    “Loving Your Enemies,” Martin Luther King

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    So somehow the "isness" of our present nature is out of harmony with the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts us. And this simply means this: That within the best of us, there is some evil, and within the worst of us, there is some good. When we come to see this, we take a different attitude toward individuals. The person who hates you most has some good in him; even the nation that hates you most has some good in it; even the race that hates you most has some good in it. And when you come to the point that you look in the face of every man and see deep down within him what religion calls "the image of God," you begin to love him in spite of. No matter what he does, you see God’s image there. There is an element of goodness that he can never sluff off. Discover the element of good in your enemy. And as you seek to hate him, find the center of goodness and place your attention there and you will take a new attitude.

    Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.

    ?Loving Your Enemies,? Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church**

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    From his sermon:
    Ms. Labrea,

    It has always been my motto to love everyone.

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    Ms. Labrea,

    It has always been my motto to love everyone.
    It may be your motto, but your posts don't reflect that you practice your motto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    It may be your motto, but your posts don't reflect that you practice your motto.
    Ms. Labrea,

    First, I love you, my friend, I hope you feel that.

    Second, tough love is still love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Second, tough love is still love.
    So that's how you excuse personal insults....that it's "tough love"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    So that's how you excuse personal insults....that it's "tough love"?
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    insult are not in my nature.

    I wish you had the love in your heart so you could say the same....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Ms. Labrea,

    First, I love you, my friend, I hope you feel that.

    Second, tough love is still love.
    That is well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Mr. Gecko,

    insult are not in my nature.

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    Mr. Gecko,

    I like how liberal wack jobs think that reducing oil supplies is not going to drive up prices at the pump....
    Army Corps to approve Dakota pipelines final step



    You were saying????


    (watch the "That doesn't count" hypocrisy....flow )
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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
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    You were saying????


    (watch the "That doesn't count" hypocrisy....flow )
    Mr. Gecko,

    I was saying insults are not in my nature. I fail to see an insult there.

    I still wish you had love in your heart so you could be tolerant of others.
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