With Malice Toward None; With Charity For All (4 of 4) by James Merritt

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Dr. James Merritt
Matthew 5:43-48


1. In his second Inaugural address, March 4, 1865,
just a little over a month before he would be
assassinated, Abraham Lincoln uttered these immortal

"With malice toward none; with charity for all;
with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the
right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in;
to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who
shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his
orphan-to do all which may achieve and cherish a just
and lasting peace among ourselves and with all

2. Abraham Lincoln spoke those words at the end
of a time in our nation's history when America almost
did to herself what no one else has been able to do-
destroy her. Though the war was over, the battle was
not. Bitterness, ranker, anger, was still in a fever
pitch in this country. But Lincoln knew something
that Jesus will teach us today, and that is the only
salve that can cure the wound of bitterness between
enemies is the salve of love. But it is more than
just an ordinary love. It is a super ordinary,
supernatural love that loves the absolutely unlovable.

3. It is one thing to love a friend; it's one thing
to love a relative; it is another thing to love your
enemy. It's just not always easy to love the

4. I heard about a man one time who was always
bragging about his love for children. One day he was
pouring a new driveway of cement and some of the
little kids in the neighborhood came running through
his yard and ran right through his freshly poured
driveway. In fact, this occurred while he was gone,
and some even wrote their initials and names in the
cement. By the time he got back it had hardened that
way with the footprints and the initials and the names
hardened for all to see.

5. This man went into a tirade. He ...

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