Enemy, is a term to mean one who hates, an opponent, an adversary. It is a word that pictures two entities opposing each other.
When a war or a battle is waged, we come to think of two factors involved: the place of encounter and the persons in opposition. In military expeditions they call the place the battlefield, in other terms called mission-fields and the opponent as the target of the mission is called the enemy.
But we are not confining strictly to the terms of war where the guns, grenades, bombs, and nuclear weapons are used. These are just the symptoms of a problem from the individuals who use them inadvertently and advertently.
My first Enemy
When we were born the persons that were with us to train us and show the right thinking and right actions to follow were our parents. They discipline us so we can learn to limit ourselves to the things that are only for us.
There were times I did not understand them when they scold at me, to the point that I’m sullen. I remember there were times I did not eat meals because I feel they were harsh with no reason.
My second Enemy
We were ten siblings, five girls, and five boys and I am the eldest. As the oldest of the brothers and sisters, I have my inherent authority. There were times when I’m not pleased with what they will do or say I can easily do what I like to let them submit themselves to me. Although not at all times I’m right in my thinking and decisions.
My third Enemy
As I grow from my childhood to adolescence and adulthood, I, as a person and my involvement expand to the community and I found the neighborhood children as playmates. In school, I have had new friends from other communities. We have differing traits although we all belonged to the indigenous culture.
I remember during my second grade I cried because I was spanked by my older classmate. I did not like that happening and I hate that circumstance.
As I mature and my perceptions about things broaden I do have opposing opinions from others.
My last Enemy
I’m now a grown man and I married and live with her as a couple. I’m not saying that my wife is my last enemy but I have come to a realization that I, myself is not exempted from erring. I have my weaknesses and I had times of regrets in my life. These are either sins of omission or sins of commission.
Love Your Enemies
Imagine, I have so many enemies in my life and if they come simultaneously and surround me with their bows and arrows I could not escape from being vanquished. Where could I turn and ask for help?
There’s a resounding word from a great teacher which is a non-traditional one. It says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44)
It is difficult to love your enemy but the truth of the fact is that it is doable. You just start with yourself and if you have won over yourself I’m very sure you can win over others too.
Let’s start to mend the broken world by loving ourselves and our enemy and we can easily love others too because we have experienced it directly and we know how it feels to be loved, to be forgiven, to be accepted and to be freed from the bondage that enslaves us.
For your additional reflection watch this video. It’s a production from a Roman Catholic Church.
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