Our Walking Group enjoyed some good weather to explore Crawfurdland Estate near Kilmarnock. A good day out!.
Love your enemies!
It's far from easy to even like folk who don't seem to like you or who oppose you and at times despise you.. Yet according to the Bible Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies.
How on earth can we do that. It seems natural to at the very least dislike them let alone love them.
So what did Jesus mean?
The Greeks have different words for our one word love.
Eros can be physical sexual love.
Philia can mean ‘like’. I love/like the Beatles. I love/like chocolate.
Agape is a love which reaches out to help or to heal.
It is the word agape that Jesus used when he said, love your enemies.
So Jesus is saying that to love our enemies is an act of will!
We have to positively go out of our way to ensure that despite our enemy’s apparent hatred for us we wish him/her nothing but their ultimate good!
That is hard to do but it works.
Empathy can change attitudes. Empathy can bring about healing in relationships.
There should be no bearing of grudges in the life of the Christian.
Don't think that this message of Jesus only applies to someone else!
It applies to you and to me!
A visit to Turnberry was the venue for the Walking Group's first walk of the new Season. We met at Auchincruive and drove down to Turnberry. It was dry but windy and we made our way along the beach bordering the Turnberry Golf Courses where the golfers were out looking for Pars and hoping for a Birdie or two.
T here was a shower as we crossed the golf course, and we were fortunate to be able to have our picnic in a convenient shelter - not quite five star - but at least it kept us dry till the shower passed,
We crossed over the road and made our way through a farm which had many horses of all types and sizes in the paddocks and a great variety of Ducks, Hens, Rabbits and a ginormous Bubblyjock who posed and strutted about to impress his large Harem - he was magnificent!!
There was plenty of interest and a Coffee & Farm Shop as we made our way alongside rhe hotel back to the Car park.
We made the short trip towards Girvan to a welcome Farm Coffee Shop for a hot drink before making our way back to Auchincruive to pick up the Cars.
A good start to our Walking Season.