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Dear Mel

In the Holy Bible - Matthew - 5:43, Love your enemies, Forgive your enemies I have the following questions.

1 In the 21st century, is it possible to achieve the above?.

2 Will the enemy think in the same line,as we think?.

Thanks
Prashant

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Greetings Prashant,

Sincere apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,"  Matthew 5:43-44 (New King James Version throughout)

"If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."  Romans 12:18-21

The answer to your first question is a resounding "Yes!" but in many instances it isn't always easy.  Each individual must repent, working toward improving oneself so that he/she can set the right example for others. And each individual must ask God for His Spirit so that we will have the strength to forgive and do what is expected of us by God.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”  Luke 11:13

There is nothing that we can not accomplish with God's help.

"So Jesus said to them, “... I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."  Matthew 17:20

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”  Luke 1:37

It is necessary, no matter how difficult, to learn to put aside our personal need for vengeance and to forgive those that have sinned against us.  We are instructed to treat others as we would want to be treated and as we would want God to treat us.  With this in mind we have no choice but to forgive and set the right example for our enemies.
We can also take solace in remembering that God says “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay."

For the answer to your second question; it is possible, due to the good example an individual sets, that an enemy could change his/her attitude and life.  The important point is setting a Godly example is so that others will see the right way to live.
It is also possible that by setting the right example one could just make the enemy even more angry.  This is something that we have no control over.  Out of love we must do our part to set a Godly example, following the example that Christ set for us, and then we must trust God and have faith that He will protect us.

Satan is going to do everything he can to prevent those that choose God's way of life from setting the right example.  But if we fortify ourselves with wisdom, understanding, courage and God's Spirit there is nothing that Satan or anyone else can do to harm us.

Those that choose to follow God's way of life will win, and be given eternal life.  Those that choose to follow Satan will loose everything including their lives.
Thank you for your patience and your questions.  If the answers are not sufficient please let us know.
May God bless you and those you love,
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