OPEN LETTER TO CFC-FFL WORLDWIDE
FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
EVIL WITH GOOD”
dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
and joy always!
are in continuing spiritual warfare. Indeed, we will be in
spiritual warfare for the rest of our days, as long as we
serve Jesus the King and work in his vineyard.
our life and service, expect that there will be trials and
crosses, for that is what God allows in order to purify and
strengthen us. At times, such trials will be severe, even
coming from friends and brethren. You can be maligned, lied
about, slandered, snubbed, ridiculed, insulted, spoken against
in anger, judged, maltreated, oppressed, persecuted, and attacked.
If these happen even as you conduct yourself in conformity
with God’s will, then rejoice and be glad! (Mt 5:10-12).
tells us that our struggle is not against humans but against
evil spirits. We are to put on God’s armor, resist and
stand fast. We do so with truth and with righteousness (Eph
6:14). We should always speak the truth and act in truth.
And we should be blameless in our ways, always striving to
grow in holiness. Righteousness is our breastplate. It protects
our heart. Jesus did say that many evils come from within
people, from their hearts (Mk 7:21-23). On the other hand,
one produces good out of the store of goodness in his heart
is our proper posture in light of the above and in the circumstances
we face now? I take you to the wisdom of Sirach.
vengeful will suffer the Lord’s vengeance, for he
remembers their sins in detail. Forgive your neighbor’s
injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Should a man nourish anger against his fellows and expect
healing from the Lord? Should a man refuse mercy to his
fellows, yet seek pardon for his own sins? If he who is
but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins? Remember
your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay,
and cease from sin! Think of the commandments, hate not
your neighbor; of the Most High’s covenant, and overlook
faults.” (Sir 28:1-7)
is a lot of wisdom here, certainly very different from worldly
wisdom. What is God teaching us?
do not retaliate or respond in kind. Do not seek vengeance.
Leave that to God’s justice. “Beloved, do not
look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written,
‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’”
(Rom 12:19). In fact, go further. “Rather, ‘if
your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him
something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning
coals upon his head.’ Do not be conquered by evil but
conquer evil with good.” (Rom 12:20-21). Always continue
to look on those who oppose or persecute us as still our brethren.
live out the above basic posture in practical ways.
Forgive even injustice.
Do not nourish anger.
Do not refuse mercy to another.
Do not cherish wrath.
Set enmity aside.
Cease from sin.
Hate not your neighbor.
always remember that we relate to others in the way God relates
to us. That is why we love others, because God first loved
us, even when we were sinners. Jesus gave his life for his
enemies. We are called to follow in his path. When we do the
above, wonderful things happen.
When we pray, our own sins will be forgiven.
We can expect healing from the Lord.
We can seek pardon for our sins.
to keep us focused on doing what is right, God reminds us
of certain realities.
We are “but flesh.” We do sin, just as others
do. We ought to empathize with the weakness and humanity
of others, having experienced these ourselves. Rather than
condemning them, we pray for them.
We face our “last days.” We are just passing
through this world as pilgrims. Our true home is in heaven
with our Father. Sin can keep us from our heavenly home.
We can miss out on our eternal reward. We should therefore
not allow the injustice that others do to us to cause us
to sin. We look beyond the suffering of the present moment,
keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, and look to the glory of eternal
We think of God’s “commandments.” God
gave us His law in order to keep us on the right path in
making our way to heaven. God tells us to love and not hate
our neighbor. So that is what we do, even if our neighbor
We look to our “covenant” with God. We as Christians
are a privileged people. God has entered into covenant with
us. He is our God and we are His people. In addition, we
have a covenant with God as CFC-FFL. We are privileged to
be used by Him to bring His salvation to the world. We need
to focus on the larger picture and thus not be bogged down
by the faults of others.
advise you all not to respond to anonymous emails or to blogs
that attack us. Just say a prayer for those involved. While
we may have to share the truth once in a while, we should
do so not in an adversarial mode but rather in love, hoping
that the truth will set people free (Jn 8:32).
leave you with Sirach’s final word.
strife and your sins will be fewer, for a quarrelsome man
kindles disputes, commits the sin of disrupting friendship
and sows discord among those at peace.” (Sir 28:8-9)
at peace. Be peacemakers.
again, the peace and joy of the Lord be with you. God bless
brother and servant,
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