Inner peace, not world peace is the need of the hour. If we are at peace with God, ourselves, and others, then retaliation must not fill our hearts.
The alternative however, is that we should be kind to our enemies - but how?
First, don’t hold a grudge, for it will hold you. Holding a grudge is like drinking a bottle of poison and it will hurt you more than your enemy. Remember that the difference between the words danger and anger is only one letter!
Second, nothing annoys your enemy more than killing them with kindness. Jesus did! Consider the wisdom of Solomon and in dealing with enemies: “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For you will heap burning coals on his head and the Lord will reward you.” (Proverbs 25: 21, 22).
Those burning coals upon your enemy will eventually help him or her to give in and become your friend.
Finally, pray for your enemies. When you pray, prayer will keep you from becoming bitter and it will help in resolving the conflict that exists.
If we are to make a difference in our world, fill your heart with love - not with hate or ill will.
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org