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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 14:12


BY Berlie G. Yap


“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9, ESV)

The above Bible passage is simply meaning that we ought to be kind to others always, even if others are bad against us. Such scripture reminded me also of our seminar last Sunday afternoon. Our speaker gave us a very simple, but a quite important, tip in how to take the coming BAR exam. He said be nice to others!

He explained that when you are kind, others will help pray for you to pass. But if you are rude, the same folks may curse you along that you will make it, whew! Everybody laughed, but obviously satisfied, after hearing those lines. The said speaker was a former BAR examiner, for twice. Thus, his words were a sort of an authority, especially the audience were entirely law students then, and a number of them may take the BAR also on November.

Indeed, the speaker’s lines make sense! Our acts to others are like echoes—what we shout can return back to our ears in a split of seconds. Hence, we must choose what we say or do, because they can return to us, either in forms favors or in manifestations of difficulties. Apparently, it is a universal law that kindness begets kindness, and bad attitude also begets bad attitude.

As one person wisely said, if we plant wind, we later can harvest a storm! Sure, it pays to be nice. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matt. 5:7, ESV) But how about those who are not merciful, what may happen to them? Jesus gave a parable to his audience, when he explained to them the relevance of forgiveness.

In Matthew 18, Jesus told a story about a servant who owed 5k talents from the king. Because the former could not pay him, the king just forgave the man in his full kindness. The former left the presence of the king very happy, because he was just released from his huge debt, by the king himself.

However, on his way home, he found one fellow servant, who also owed him a hundred denarii. He was angry and pressured the fellow servant to pay him his owe. In fact, after hurting the debtor (the fellow servant), he also had sent him to prison and charged the jailer not to release the latter until he could pay his owe to him.

Now, the event reached to the ears of the king. Such aroused the fury of the monarch. Thus, he again called the unmerciful servant and put him to prison. “Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.” (Matt. 18:32-34, ESV)

Whew! Indeed, what goes around comes around! Often, we just do not notice the necessary results or consequences of our prior acts, maybe because we are just too busy attending our individual daily lives. But God’s kindness does most of the time catch us off-guard when they fall on us back. Such is a guarantee; God is a God of surprises!

Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Lk. 6:38, ESV) In effect, what the Lord said was: the consequences of, either our good or not so good, acts will always be more than our first actions. Thus, we ought to be very careful to how we behave to others, that if we do not want countless of miseries to beset us in the future. Ain’t it?

After all, we won’t loss anything if we are kind to our equals. For example, by saying good morning to a humble security guard, it won’t hurt you. But such act may give you a future favor, because the same humble security guard cannot forget your kindness. So that when any turned situation can come, favors you will ask from said security guard, chances are, won’t be snob also.

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