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Hungry Enemies

Updated on April 30, 2012

 

"If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you." Proverbs 25:21-22

 

"Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head" Romans 12:20

 

When you read the above scriptures, heaping burning coals on someone's head doesn't sound like a loving act, but if you read the following it will make much more sense.

 

In the Bible lands almost everything is carried on the head – water jars, baskets of fruit, vegetables, fish or any other article. Those carrying the burden rarely touch it with the hands, and they walk through crowded streets and lanes with perfect ease. In many homes the only fire they have is kept in a brazier, which they use for simple cooking as well as for warmth. They plan to always keep it burning. If it should go out, some member of the family will take the brazier to a neighbor’s house to borrow fire.

Then she will lift the brazier to her head and start for home. If her neighbor is a generous woman, she will heap the brazier full of coals. To feed an enemy and give him drink was like heaping the empty brazier with live coals – which meant food, warmth and almost life itself to the person or home needing it, and was the symbol of finest generosity. – B.M. Bowen, Strange Scriptures that Perplex the Western Mind -This part was taken from http://dailygoodies.wordpress.com

 

"If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you." Proverbs 25:21-22

I really like the part of the scripture that says the Lord will reward you. Who doesn't want rewards?

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Luke 6:35

Have you ever been ripped off? or felt that you had. Don't keep bitterness in your heart about this. Money has destroyed many relationships. Try to forgive, one reason is that you will be rewarded greatly. Of course this is not always easy to do, but these scriptures might help us keep it in mind for another time.

For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. Luke 6:32

If you want to stand out and shine for a Christian witness I think this is one of the most effective ways to do it-loving people that don't love you. As the above scripture says non-believers love those that love them, it is easy to do that. The hard part is trying to love people that hate you or pretend to like you. There are certain people that I have to pray about just tolerating. I know this doesn't sound nice but it's a start. One particular person that I was praying this about I actually ended up caring about and I think they really like me now. Remember to pray about everything.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

 

Dear God, I pray that you could help us love our enemies. Give us the love we need to shine through onto them. Thank you, In Jesus's name Amen.

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