Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment
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In Loving Our Enemies, Jim Forest, a noted peacemaker, reflects on the most difficult of the "hard sayings" of Jesus. Along with reflections drawn from scripture, the lives of the saints, and modern history, he 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 lives." 25 reflections.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Orbis Books
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 162698090X
ISBN-13: 9781626980907

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Not everything Jesus taught must be regarded as a commandment. Counsels on voluntary poverty or chastity, 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 Christianity, 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 with 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 lives."

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    January 27, 2015
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    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. 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 enemies.

    Jim Forest has devoted his life to the work of peace within the Christian context and this book is the result of his life's work.

    Early 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 quotes 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 enemies.

    Part Two of the book presents the Nine Disciplines of Active Love, which are:

    1. praying for enemies

    2. doing good to enemies

    3. turning the other cheek

    4. forgiveness

    5. breaking down the dividing wall of enmity

    6. refusing to take an eye for an eye

    7. seeking nonviolent alternatives

    8. practicing holy disobedience

    9. recognizing Jesus in others

    Forest presents practical ideas that would work on both an interpersonal level, and those that have implications on a larger scale.

    I have highlighted key quotes 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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