How To Treat Our Offenders?

When a person hurts another person, the offender cuts himself away from God. Since God is the only source of our peace, in cutting himself away from God the offender brings grave suffering on himself. Compared to the suffering the offender brings upon himself the suffering of the victim is small because the victim can always find peace in God, while the offender is totally devoid of peace. Therefore we must help both, the victim and the offender when there is hurt. Since God is the source of our peace we should not feel like a victim when others hurt us. Instead, we must be concerned about the suffering our offenders have brought upon themselves. We should therefore pray for our offender and bring them healing by acts of sacrificial love towards them (Matt.5:43-48).