The remedy for fighting anger is forgiveness
Undoubtedly, to love the enemy was a revolutionary and contradictory commandment from the human point of view. Loving the enemy was a great legacy left by Jesus. This commandment contradicts human logic. In his time, it was a scandal, maybe even today.
History itself testifies that violence only breeds violence. The result of hatred is always destruction. Where love makes its home, peace reigns and everything changes. It is not by chance that Jesus revolutionized humanity with the commandment: “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise upon the evil and the good, and the rain to come down upon the just and the unjust. (Mt 5:44).
He also said: “If you love only those who love you, what reward will you have? Do not the publicans do the same? If you only greet your brothers, what are you doing extraordinary? Do not the heathen also do this? “(Mt 5,46-47). Here’s the big difference from Christians , they love even their enemies. This love that has the ability to change the world.
The lesson of forgiveness is the only way to implant the kingdom of brother who live the love. Without the experience in love, the only thing to be implanted is war, division and destruction.
As we have seen, the remedy for fighting anger is forgiveness, and for forgiveness there is no limit. Let us remember when Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, how often will I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto you, even unto seven, but unto seventy times seven (Mt 18: 21-22). Seven is the number of the sacraments of the Church, seven is also interpreted as number of perfection. Here, in this context, it means that one must always forgive. Forgive without measure.
Professor Felipe Aquino teaches us that “forgiveness is the most beautiful face of charity. Let vengeance be on account of the righteousness of God; we do not want to do it with our own hands, because they will be stained. God will fulfill all righteousness. “ St. Paul taught this to the Christians of Rome: “Bless those who persecute you, bless them and do not curse them…. Pay no evil to anyone with evil. Do not avenge one another, dear ones, but let the wrath of God work, for it is written: Vengeance mine; it is mine to do righteousness, saith the Lord (Deut. 32:35). “(Rom 12: 14-19).
This is the winning force of love and nonviolence. Therefore, my brethren , let us heal ourselves from the disease of wrath, so that we may live in peace and build a better world where war will no longer be part of our lives. Anger always causes us injury. St. Francis de Sales once said: “I never let myself be led by anger without soon having repented”; therefore, brothers, let us live forgiveness, let us live the love.