define and love

I was asked a while back who my enemies were.  I thought for a long moment and answered, ” I don’t have any.”  Really?  You have NO enemies?  What is your definition of an enemy?  I answered, ” someone I am fighting with.”  My gentle guide laughed, she asked, ” do you remember your mother reading you Aesop’s Fables?  Do you remember ‘The Wolf is sheep’s clothing’?  Remember, people can be deceptive.”  She told me to think it over and she would call the next night.  I went back to the story and reread it.  I looked up the definition of ENEMY.018

‘The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing A Wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so it put it on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep. The Lamb that belonged to the sheep, whose skin the Wolf was wearing, began to follow the Wolf in the Sheep’s clothing; so, leading the Lamb a little apart, he soon made a meal off her, and for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals.

Appearances can be deceptive.’
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Webster’s dictionary defines ENEMY:  One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an enemy of or to a person; an enemy to truth, or to falsehood.  I think for the most part, we tend to see our enemies as hostile and hating.  But we need to stop and think about Enemy in other ways.  Are the people in our lives there to support us no matter what is happening in our lives?  Are the people in our lives there to lift us up and want only good for us?  Do those people love us with no strings attached?004

Look closely to those around you who are your enemies?  I have come to the point in my life in which it is time to clean up and clean out.  I will love myself, the enemy inside of me is defined as anger and hate, I will keep those feelings close and learn to replace them with love.  I will love myself enough to let go of people that are my enemies.  Those that seek penitence for their love and who take up arms against me in the form of jealousy, in the form of lies, even lies by omission, those that do not stand in strength of my hurts and battles.  I release these enemies through a gentle and wonderful love.  I will love them, keep them in my heart so that they will feel love and hope and faith.  I will take their hand and hope they overcome their own internal enemies.  But I will not allow them to destroy me. 001

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