The Sixth Commandment
“Thou shalt not kill”
Question: What about people who hate us, who consider themselves our enemy, and may have tried to do us harm, or even kill us? Do we have to love them?
Answer: The life and teachings of Jesus, especially his sayings found in the Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew, are filled with pleas to love others, no matter what they have done.
Mary Baker Eddy taught and lived this law of Love, as well. Here are a few of her statements about loving our enemies:
“Love your enemies, or you will not lose them; and if you love them, you will help to reform them.” (Mis. 210)
“We must love our enemies, and continue to do so unto the end. By the love of God we can cancel error in our own hearts, and blot it out of others.” (No. 7)
“Each day I pray: ‘God bless my enemies; make them Thy friends; give them to know the joy and the peace of love.” (My. 220)
In the Glossary of our textbook, on page 589, Mrs. Eddy defines “Joseph,” in part, as “pure
affection blessing its enemies.” The story of Joseph in the Bible is a wonderful example of
someone who forgave and loved his enemies, in spite of their unfair treatment given him.
Further Study: Find a short version of Joseph’s life in a children’s Bible storybook, or read parts of it in Genesis (chapters 37-50). Notice how often Joseph was betrayed — even by
his family. How did he react? What blessings did he finally receive for his goodness and
forgiveness? What lessons can we learn?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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