Saturday, 20 May 2017

Feed your enemy

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you  - Pro 25:21

This must sound like the craziest thing in the world. Feed you enemy? That’s mad – who would feed the people trying to hurt them?


Nope, sorry – that’s not how it is for God’s people. God tells us ‘love your enemies’ and here He makes it even clearer with ‘feed your enemies.’

While this may run totally contrary to our way of thinking, feeding our enemy is the best way to beat them, because in doing so we put them to shame because they cannot answer love and one of the best ways to show love is by practically meeting their needs.

And not only that, but God will reward you.

The early Christians in Rome played this our just right. One of the chief complaints on one of the Roman emperors, Justinian I think it was, was that ‘these Galileans have the audacity to feed, not just their own, but our people.’

There is no answer for love in action. Love in action is the best way to defeat our enemy in the long run.

Don’t hate your enemy. Don’t gloat over your enemies losses. Don’t mock your enemy. Don’t fear your enemy. Love him and feed him and trust in the Lord’s reward.

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