>> Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Proverbs 25:21-22 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. In so doing you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.
Wow, we may say...really!!! We may think, why feed them...maybe God wants to teach them a lesson...after all they have done to me...they have it coming to them. Would any of us be willing to admit we may have thought this about someone who has troubled us at one time or another? Be honest! Of course, it may not be with hunger...it could be a leaky faucet, a broken down car, a sick child...it could be anything that we would be required to have compassion for :).
OK, I will be honest, Yes! I have thought it more times than I can count. HOWEVER, a big however, there was a day long ago where God opened my eyes to Matt. 5 where He says to "Love your enemies!" Pray for those who persecute you!
I will share why...In this way you will be acting as a true child of your Father in heaven. (Matt.5:45)
SLAM! Right between the eyes and heart! God is ALWAYS trying to get to our hearts, its all about our hearts!
God wants us to have the right attitude of who we are, we are HIS and not our own. We represent HIM and we must Trust Him to handle all the discipline for our enemies actions...or we might just be the enemy He is talking to. Now, don't get me wrong...we have a part in speaking the truth in love and instructing those in meekness...big difference than wishing harm, ya no!
We are not to take matters into our own hands, nor wish evil on anyone. Love is stronger than hate, and it shows the power of God in our lives.
Today, when someone grates our nerves may we pray for them, offer assistant to those in need that may not have been so nice and watch and see God shame them or convict them.They know they do not deserve your kindness! Sound familiar! We know we don't deserve Jesus' kindness, amen!
The reward will be you will feel good about doing whats right despite that person, you will open a door to learn their heart and spiritual desperation, you will overcome evil with good and chalk one up against the enemy's influence to be in the flesh! If we believe in Ephesians 6 then let us walk it out! Amen!
I love putting the enemy in His place...GET BEHIND US SATAN!
BE BLESSED, YOU ARE POSITIONED BY GOD AND HIGHLY FAVORED!
With much love for the Brethren!