It’s been a while since I took a break from finishing my series(es).
So here goes…
‘Ibigin ang Kaaway’
1. Pray for them
2. Do Good to them
3. Forgive them and Forget what they did to you
4. Approach them
5. Trust them
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.- Romans 5:6-8
As sinners, we were Christ’s enemies. Yet went out of his way to approach us in the most personal and sacrificial manner – by living like us, and dying for us.
It doesn’t matter whether you were the one offended or the one who made the offense. the person who chooses to exercise love, more so in an act of genuine forgiveness, must be the one to first approach his or her enemy, regardless of his or her circumstances or excuses.
There is no room for the “sya ang may kasalanan, sya ang lumapit” or the “papansinin ko sya pag pinansin nya ako” mentalities. Christ-like love, in maturity and humility, initiates reconciliation.
Christianity, they say, is not about religion, but about a relationship with God. If Christianity is about relationships, then the health and openness of all our relationships matter. Whether they be family, friends, siblingings in the faith, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers.
Is it awkward for you to approach certain people because of past conflicts or issues? Ask God for the strength to be able to initiate reconciliation. It was God, after all, who took the effort to approach us, and and bring us to where we are now.