Who is your enemy? This is a challenging question. Who wants to admit that they have someone they dislike or even have hostility towards? And are such people truly an enemy?
A simple and helpful definition of an enemy is something or someone that harms or weakens another. Most of us have someone in our lives who falls into this definition. Most of us have something in our lives that falls into this definition. Even more, most of us have something within ourselves that falls into this definition.
The problem with enemies is that we don’t know what to do with them. Crush them in battle? Not very nice. Let them crush us? Also not very nice. We need peacemaking with our enemies. Remember that peace is not being free from something or someone we don’t want, but rather peace is rooted in compassionate love that works for healing and wholeness. And this is exactly what are enemies, in any form, need. Making peace with our enemies is some of the hardest work we will ever do, especially since there are no promises that we will be successful—at least not in the short run. But in the long run, the peacemaking we do to console, understand, love, give, and pardon will create the peace we long for.