orthodoxgladness:

A wise man has no hatred for anyone, a fool has no love for anyone. – St. Ephrem the Syrian

Everything around us screams that to hate our enemies is the only way to be safeguarded. We revel in revenge. The audiences applaud when the villain finally gets what is coming to him. And then what? When one is avenged what happens next? The reality is that there is no “next” aside from being left to still contend with ourselves.

To hate our enemy puts us into chains. We are servants of our hate. In the end, we will die in those chains…unless we let Christ free us. To free us to His very essence – Love.

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