Plymouth Pulpit; A Weekly Publication of Sermons Preached by Henry Ward Beecher Volume 5

Plymouth Pulpit; A Weekly Publication of Sermons Preached by Henry Ward Beecher Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...to hate your enemy because he is ugly; because he is unjust; because he stirs you up wickedly and wrongfully. And there is a motive and a reason. But Christ says, " I declare that you are to love your enemies." How can a man love his enemy? He is Wrong; and can a man love that which is wrong 'P He is directing that wrong so that it becomes keenly appreciated by me because it is measured by my own sensitive selfness, if not selfishness; and are we commanded to love a man so? He maligns me. He follows me. He curtails my comfort. He destroys my usefulness. He embitters my life. He vexes my friends. He weakens my standing. He throws around about me a malignant glamour. And What motive, What inspiration is there that shall enable me to love any man who is, in his declared conduct, and in his Whole attitude, hostile to me? How can a man love hatefulness 'Pespeeially hatefulness active, and addressing itself directly to me? It cannot be done. Yet Christ says, " Love not those that are lovely alone: love the unlovely; and love them in their most active form. Unlovely people that are brought right home to you in personal contact and conflict-love them. Bless them that curse you. Do good to them that hate you. Those that have in them that hate which is of the fire of hell, and which shall consume and burn and destroy---do good to them. And do it that you may become like God; that is, that you may become the children of your Father, which is in heaven." And in order that he may not be misunderstood, he says, "This is What God is doing. He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good in his career over the world, the sun sees many more men that do not deserve his blessing than those that do, and still...show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 712g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236891309
  • 9781236891303