The secret of Christ’s strength lay in his love for all, even his enemies. Far better to conquer by love the heart of a person who hates you than to vanquish such a one by other means. To the ordinary man such a doctrine seems absurd. He wants to return ten slaps for the one he has received and add twice as many kicks for good measure.
Why should you love your enemy? In order that you may bring the healing rays of your love into his dark, hatred-stricken heart….Thus will the flame of your love burn the partitions of hatred and misery which separate your soul from other souls and all souls from the vast sea of Infinite Love.
You need not fawn on your enemy. Silently love him. Silently be of service to him whenever he is in need, for love is real only when it is useful and expresses itself through action. Thus will you rend the veils of hatred and of narrow-mindedness which hide God from your sight.