This passage – quoted by Paul in Romans – is such a great rule of thumb for dealing with those who wish to harm us:
and if he is thirsty,
If your enemy is hungry, give him water to drink,
for you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the LORD will reward you.
(Proverbs 25:21-22 ESV)
What strikes me is that if what you do for an “enemy” leads to “burning coals on the head,” then you are helping to lead that person to repentance, as the burning coal cleansed Isaiah from sin after he repented (6:6).
This implies, as well, that the one who offers food and drink does so – NOT to shame the “enemy” into guilt, but to encourage him or her to repent. It’s not an action to embarrass, but an act of love.
After all, when we were enemies of Christ, He gave his body and blood to us so that we might experience the burning of repentance and cleansing of forgiveness.
And when we follow our Lord’s lead, we receive His reward.
Today’s (and yesterday’s) Readings: Isaiah 29:1-24, Psalm 108:1-5, Proverbs 25:21-22, 2 Corinthians 11:1-15. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with –permission only)