Words from the Heart for Friday November 22nd, 2019
…“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:20-21 (NIV)
How to Treat our Enemies
Days after Italy declared war against the United Kingdom on June 10, 1940, Canada’s Minister of Justice, Ernest Lapoint signed the order that resulted in labeling 31,000 Italian Canadians “enemy aliens.” With habeas corpus suspended, between 1940 and 1943, between 600 and 700 Italian Canadian men were arrested and sent to Internment camps as potentially dangerous enemy aliens with alleged fascist connections. Most Italian Canadians, however, did not harbour any ill will towards Canada and few were committed followers of the fascist ideology.
The Christian faith is such a practical thing. It is lived out daily in our relationship with God and others that He sends into our lives. Now this all sounds good, but living the Christian life means that we have to live according to the principles of the Kingdom of God. And those principles stand in opposition to the principles of the kingdoms of this world. Just so we don’t misunderstand, Paul gives us some practical application in Romans 12:20-21: “…“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Look closely at what is being demanded of us. It does not say that we should feed our friends, or give those who love us something to drink. It says we are to do this for our enemies. That goes against what the world teaches, and it will surprise those on the receiving end of our kindness. In fact, it will confuse them and they won’t know how to respond. That’s the heaping coals idea. It is also how we overcome evil with good. Try it out today.
These have been words from the heart.