We often hear these very difficult words: “love your enemies.” The Lord says to us, “...do good unto those that hate you.” These words are difficult for us to comprehend, because such a situation, to love one’s enemies, seems unnatural to us. But it is precisely in love for one’s enemies, in the payment of good in return for malice, that we discover in ourselves the true image of God.
It is easy to love those who have affection for us; it is easy to do something for those who respond in kind. But as Christians we must follow the example of Christ. I'm not sure I understand how someone could not like you...you seem like a very sweet and compassionate person, but you must remember, you've done your part. You've apologized. You've taken that first step towards reconciliation. Now it is up to that person to either forgive you or not. You have no more responsibility in this matter but TO pray. Perhaps they will have a change of heart. Perhaps they will not. But prayer is always a good place to start to find peace in your own heart. Our Heavenly Father will give you comfort and the peace of mind to be able to put this behind you if need be.
Until then, pray for this person. Maybe all they need is time to cool off. Perhaps their heart will soften with time. Let me share with you some scripture:
"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
I hope this helps some. I've been where you are and it worked out okay for me.
"Live as well as you dare."
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