Love is, as I have said many times, that which is not conditional.
Love is that which feels all the things of its surroundings as its own pain, feels as if they were its own second self.
Accordingly, those who look like your opponents trying to slander you are also in some sense children of God.
They might have been blaming you only as a result of not knowing which way to go, or just because they have lost their way, or because they are simply suffering.
But in that time, even you have taken the wrong way up till now. Even you could not have been aware of yourself as the children of God, and even you have been fully ungrateful persons to that which God has been giving us, like oxygen absolutely without saying anything, and giving us the light of the sun also absolutely without saying anything, and nurturing us in this infinite time, haven't you ?
Nevertheless, God has been casting the love absolutely without compensation, nurturing you all, preparing the environment, and has created you all with a wish in this way. If you were not as ungrateful as you are, you could respond to your indebtedness by forgiving your opponents' abuses and slandering of you.
I have told it to you.
"Love your enemy too."
I might have told you, "If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." It might have been an extreme argument, but in some sense, I wanted to say that those who are your opponents are the same children of God, your companions, brothers. Do not judge them. "You, do not judge others," I have told also. Do not judge, because to judge your neighbors means to judge yourself.
In the providence of love, that which you have done always returns to you.
Considering this, you do love your brothers.
What is meant by you loving your friends and you loving your enemies too come round to the result that you yourself become loved by many people based on the law of cause and effect, which produces its own happiness as a result. So I have told you. It is in accordance with the fundamental law of cosmos of God.
Love is circulating.
Concerning with the love given to someone, if you are going to expect something in return from that person, suffering will result.
Forgive others. There are numerous people around you who are asking for your love.
Begin with what you can do. Do not overdo yourself. There is no need to overdo.
Though, there should be many small things that you can do. It would be the beginning of love to say with a smile "good morning," or, "hello" to the people coming and going every day. If you send a five hundred yen coin to the children of refugees and those children have a text book, or food, and they can dig a well for water, it would be also the expressive form of love. Other than those and like you, it would be a big work to make our words into books, and do the work as the messenger of God in the form of directly preaching as the words of love to many peoples.
However, either in your private life or in your work life in Lemuria, and in the office, or in a household, be an existence capable of giving as much love as possible.
Love is not that which is being indulged.
Since you think that love is given, anger comes out.
Since you have anger as a result of being criticized as the one who criticizes the love, it becomes your own suffering. I know very well that which makes you suffer. In my ages, in the ages I preached the law, there existed numerous ones who were the enemies of the law.
There had also been my own numerous dangers. I had been wanted to be killed, so I had been going from one place to another every night. I found it hard even to sleep. I had been running from place to place with my disciples so that I couldn't know when I would lose my life and became unable to continue this God's work.
Considering things from that point of view, there would be no chance to be killed, and human rights are being protected in this peaceful present age. Numerous spirits have conveyed that point to you. Referring to it, the person called Jeanne d'Arc told herself this while being burn to death at the stake. Many of my disciples were burn to death at the stakes, and I myself was crucified and it caused their unfortunate suffering in that they were also crucified.
Many of my disciples of Christianity also experienced an unfortunate end on the cross or at the stake, and I myself was crucified. And concerning the persons of the Meiji Restoration you are going to push out, they had been working for their lives for justice in order to realize the figure of the present Japan, but it had caused them to be killed under the sword and they laid down their young lives. Determined so, they had been making this present country of Japan.
Considering this, you are not wanted to be killed now. At least, you are not wanted to be killed.
Accordingly, rather than defend, love is that which is to be given fully. Never ask for the reward. Love that is attached to a condition is never said to be love. You have to learn it. I would like you to have such courage.