"But love your enemies." Jesus (Luke, 6:35)

This affirmation made by the Divine Master, merits meditation everywhere. Logically, this recommendation referring to "love your enemies" requires a special analysis.

The multitude, generally speaking, attributes the verb "to love" to activities involving caresses. In order for an individual to demonstrate affection before common eyes, he would have to use voluminous words and tender demonstrations, when we know that love can actually shine in the hearts of any being without any superficial demonstration. Because the Father confers us difficult and rugged experiences on Earth or in other worlds, we cannot attribute to Him any denial of His love.

In the area that the Divine Friend is alluding to, we are justified in giving it our legitimate consideration.

Where there is strife there is antagonism, revealing the prior existence of circumstances with which it would not be fair to agree, as it involves the common good. When the Master suggested that we love our enemies, He did not insist on our applauding the one who deliberately steals or destroys, nor did He request that we multiply the wings of perversity or ill-intention. He recommended actually that we aid the cruelest; however, not by incorrectly bestowing our approval, but rather, by demonstrating a genuine fraternal desire to instill in him to follow a divine path, through patience, through reconstructive resources or through a restoring labor. The Master, above all, was preoccupied in preserving us from the poison of hate, avoiding our great fall into inferior uselessness and destructive disputes.

Therefore, love those that appear to be in opposition to your heart, supporting them fraternally with all the possibilities of assistance at your reach, fully convinced that such a measure will free you of the calamitous duel of evil against evil.

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 137.