Love Your Enemy?

Love is a popular topic in social media.

We are told to love ourselves.

Love our friends and family.

Love total strangers.

I wonder if we should love our enemies too?

I worked with a person quite a few years ago, they were without a doubt the most stubborn, manipulative, frustrating person I’ve ever worked with.

They were constantly a topic of conversation among us co-workers because the control they held and how they chose to wield that power.

Even thinking about it, I cringe…frustration is an understatement…

Anywho, a holiday was coming up, and I knew the person lived far from home so I swallowed my pride (and all the other emotions – maybe even my tongue) and invited the person over for a meal on the weekend.

They appreciated the gesture, but didn’t take me up on the offer.

I wasn’t surprised, and if I’m truthful I felt a little relief. I did feel bad for feeling that way, and felt bad for the person because I didn’t see the need for them to be alone during the holiday.

Regardless, my conscience was clear – I did what I could to mend the relationship, but they chose not to take me up on it.

Does this make me a saint? Of course not.

I’m no different than anybody else. I do, however, tire of seeing all the love posts out there.

It’s easy to talk about love and even easier to love someone who you barely know but whom you are connected with online, but lives 3000 miles away.

So, what does it really mean to “love each other”?

Tell me what you think in the comments below.

pboone

I am a husband, father, grandfather, business owner, farmer, and deep thinker. I love helping people, having deep conversations, and being around great people.

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