There is an interesting article I read that I'd like to share with you. It is about a woman who was shocked when she heard Abraham Lincoln speak kindly of the Confederate soldiers.
The woman challenged Lincoln by saying, "I think we'd be better advised to focus on destroying our enemies, rather than befriending them." Lincoln replied, "Madam, we destroy our enemies when we befriend them."
Jesus teaches us to love one another. In the gospel today, Jesus tells us not to let anything lead us to sin, not to let anything turn us away from following his teaching.
Drastic measures are used by Jesus in making his point. One example is when he says, "If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off." Jesus, of course, is not telling us to actually cut our hand off. But he does want us to understand the importance of following God's Will.
So let's keep this message in mind, especially in following Jesus' teaching of love for one another. I think a good way to follow this teaching is by remembering the words of Abraham Lincoln, "We destroy our enemies by befriending them.
Sincerely in Christ,