“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him’’ (Proverbs 16:7).
My father, Samuel Adejuyigbe Adegbulu (1924-1999) was famous for being intelligent, humorous, sociable, trendy, neat, and delightfully handsome. He loved his family, education, music, and flowers. He also loved people and taught us to love and stand up for them whenever the need arises.
As a person, I love people too, especially the young ones, a lot of whom I had, and still have, as my friends till now. They flock around me, follow me everywhere, and share in my successes and setbacks. They make life exciting and more meaningful for me too, and on my path, I do my best to help, teach, and stand up for them, as my father advocated.
Whereas many people applaud me for being there for the young ones, a few hate me for the same reason. And at one time, someone in the latter group declared himself my number one enemy and vowed to deal with me mercilessly. He was a tall, muscular, and strong man, while I was only feeble, stature-wise, at that time.
One day, I took delivery of some tee-shirts, which I was to give out to some boys free of charge, but the man in question wanted them all for himself, and I said no to his demand. To the best of my knowledge, I thought I was doing the right thing. But he felt I crossed the red line and decided to deal with me ruthlessly. After all, he never liked me, to start with.
So, he advanced towards me, and as he was about to land me his first round of punches, I felt an overwhelming power, the origin of which I can’t explain, surging through my body. It was so strong that I confronted and defeated him with ease, to my surprise and everyone else’s. Eventually, I gave out the tee-shirts as planned and left the place.
Shortly afterward, he came to where I was, offered me his hand, and I shook it warmly with great joy. Then, he apologized for his earlier actions and promised to be my friend from that moment. I am proud to declare that he lived up to his promise, and we are still friends up till today, to the glory of God.
Looking back now, I believe my way pleased the Lord, so, He made the man, who was my enemy to be at peace with me (Proverbs 16:7). He can make yours to be at peace with you too if your way please Him. How can this happen, you might wish to ask at this point?
Well, there are many things you must do, but we will consider only the following for now. For example, you must always obey Him (Exodus 19:5) and do His will (Hebrews 13:21). You must also have absolute faith in Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Besides, you must fear Him (Psalm 147:11) and make efforts to be spiritually minded (Romans 8:6-8). Moreover, you must love Him and humanity (Matthew 22:35-40). Not only that, you must pay attention to the poor/needy (Proverbs 14:31) and give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Prayer and fasting may be very crucial in this matter as well (Matthew 17:20-21).
Friends, I believe if you do all above and others, you will please God, and He will proceed to make your enemy to be at peace with you. And before long, you will see yourself flourishing and fulfilling your destiny in life, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker