peace with enemies

When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:7

I would not say that I have enemies. I have former friends who loved me, who I loved, who in most cases mistook something I said, or believed a lie about me, or who took actions which harmed me. They have dismissed me as friends or made themselves my enemies, although I did not say an unkind word to them or take any action to harm them.

I have learned to overcome evil with good, to turn the other cheek, to not retaliate in kind, and to forgive everyone of everything. God gives us opportunities to learn this way of living, which is His way of living, by sometimes allowing hurts to come against us. When we walk in this way, the way that Jesus taught us and lived as an example before us, it pleases the Lord.

This week I was surprised and delighted to receive olive branches from some of these former “enemies.” We might not exactly be friends, but we are no longer enemies and are living in peace, for which I am extremely grateful. ♥

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