The question of how to approach the man we hated will arise. It may be he has done us more harm than we have done him and, though we may have acquired a better attitude toward him, we are still not too keen about admitting our faults. Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. We go to him in a helpful and forgiving spirit, confessing our former ill feeling and expressing our regret.
Alcoholics Anonymous pg 77
you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who
hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone
slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your
coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken
away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them
to do to you. “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit
for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to
those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much!
And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get
credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to
them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very
great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind
to those who are unthankful and wicked.
Father God, I thank you for
your mercy and forgiveness. I pray
Father that I may forgive others as you have forgiven me. Help me to be kind and compassionate toward
those that have not been kind towards me.
Help me to walk in love and not become offended. Help me to do good to others and bless them
and not expect anything in return. I
pray Father that I would act and be more like you today.
In Jesus Name,
by Cheryl O.