Enemies

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Dr Martin Luther King, Jn. (1929-1968)

A candle can light a whole room full of darkness and will not be dimmed by it. Light is stronger than darkness; darkness cannot prevail against light.

I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I have cried out to you.”

Psalm 31:14-17

“Wouldn’t our enemies rub their hands with glee if they knew that our hate for them was exhausting us, making us tired and nervous, ruining our looks, giving us heart trouble, and probably shortening our lives?”

– Dale Carnegie, author of How To Stop Worrying and Start Living

An enemy I had, whose face I stoutly
Strove to know,
For hard he dogged my steps unseen,
Wherever I did go.
My plans he balked, my aims he foiled,
He blocked my onward way.
When for some lofty goal I toiled,
He grimly told me, “Nay.”
One night I seized him and held him fast,
From him the veil did draw,
I looked upon his face at last and lo –
Myself I saw! (Anon.)

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head and the Lord will reward you.

Proverbs 25:21-22

Viscountess Astor (1879-1964), the first woman politician to sit in the British House of Commons had a long-standing feud with Winston Churchill. The following discourse is an extract from one of their many heated debates.

Viscountess Astor: “If I were your wife, I would put poison in your coffee!”

Winston Churchill: “Madam, if I were your husband I would drink it!”

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”

Abraham Lincoln

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.

Psalm 34:17-19

“Most of the trouble in this world is caused by people wanting to be important.”

T. S. Elliot (1888-1965), British poet and dramatist

One with God is a majority!

He who rides the tiger can never dismount lest he be eaten alive.

Asian proverb.

This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

2 Chronicles 20:15