Grace Community Church
November 10, 2019 Grace Community Church: Boone, Iowa
November 10, 2019
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  • Grace Community Church
    625 S Division St, Boone, IA 50036, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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II. Two Reasons to Love Our Enemy
A. To Love Our Enemy is to ....
B. To Hate Our Enemy is to ...
III. Three Ways to Love Our Enemy
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Most of us when we are victims need to repent of what the perpetrators do to our soul. Victims need to repent of the fact that all too often they mimic the behavior of the oppressors, let themselves be shaped in the mirror image of the enemy. They need to repent also of the desire to excuse their own reactive behavior either by claiming that they are not responsible for it or that such reactions are a necessary condition of liberation….Even under the onslaught of extreme brutality, an inner realm of freedom to shape one’s self must be defended as a sanctuary of a person’s humanity. Though victims may not be able to prevent hate from springing to life, for their own sake they can and must refuse to give it nourishment and strive to weed it out. If victims do not repent today they will become perpetrators tomorrow who, in their own self-deceit, will see to exculpate (excuse) their misdeed on account of their own victimization.-Volf, Exclusion & Embrace
“Without entrusting oneself to the God who judges righteously, it will hardly be possible to follow the crucified Messiah and refuse to retaliate when abused. The certainty of God’s just judgment at the end of history is the presupposition for the renunciation of violence in the middle of it…The only way in which nonviolence and forgiveness will be possible in a world of violence is through displacement or transference of violence, not its complete relinquishment.”Volf, Exclusion & Embrace

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