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Jesus teaches us that, to...

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Jesus teaches us that, to be his followers, we must be caring, even toward those who consider us their enemies. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor who was martyred by the Nazis in World War II, wrote:

Love for our enemies takes us along the way of the cross and into fellowship with the Crucified. The more we are driven along this road, the more certain is the victory of love over the enemy's hatred. For then it is not the disciple's own love, but the love of Jesus Christ alone, who for the sake of his enemies went to the cross and prayed for them

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