I am so excited! Yesterday, our pastor, who is actually visiting from his mission work in Africa, told us to read a chapter of Proverbs a day! I am so proud of you Proverbs readers!
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. 2 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
- Proverbs 25:21-22
WOWEEE! I opened Proverbs 23 and here were words from the New Testament! We studied this passage in Romans 12:20.
Our God is soooo interesting. He's out of this world, really. He tells us to do something that is not humanly possilble, but, with God....all things are possible. Your kindness to your enemy may set off a chain reaction.
Who wants to help an enemy? God tells us to. The last sentence about "heaping burning coals on his head" does NOT mean something negative!
In Bible times, the embers of the fire had to be preserved at all costs. Fire served as life to the people. When the fire burned down, people would scoop up the coals into thick pots and often carry the coals to their new location on their heads -- thus preserving life.
Hmmmm . Think about it. If you are kind to your enemies, you are giving them "coals," a life source they may carry to their next camp ground.
You may never see the response to your kindness, but that does not matter. You just might be sending something precious with your enemy...something which will spring to life later.
You might be the beginnings of a fire for the Lord....Who knows?
Results are God's business. Obedience is ours.