Words from the Heart for Friday July 19th, 2019
If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.
Proverbs 25:21-22 (NLT)
Feeding Your Enemies
At the end of the Second World War, Germany was divided into two sectors – the east controlled by the Soviet Union and the west was divided into French, British and American sectors. Berlin was another matter. While it was divided into the same sectors, it was contained completely within the Soviet sector. So the USA began one of the most amazing humanitarian relief efforts in history. The Berlin airlift saw thousands of cargo planes provide food and other relief items. Canadian pilots joined the effort flying British planes.
The principles of the kingdom of heaven always stand in contrast to the principles of the kingdoms of this world. Some of the differences are glaring. Proverbs 25:21-22 is a great example, “If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.” The world teaches that we are to respond to violence with violence, that we are to lash back when someone hurts us. The result has been broken families and friendships, and on a larger scale, uninterrupted warfare somewhere around the globe since the beginning of time. The kingdom of God teaches its citizens something altogether different. We are to feed our enemies. I love this simple action. If someone who has consistently hurt you, or spoken against you or your loved ones finds themselves in a difficult place, feed them, or serve them, or help them. By so doing you will shock them and potentially lead them to shame for how they have treated you – that’s the heaping coals on their head thing. The aim is to make an enemy a friend.
These have been words from the heart.