S (Scripture):Proverbs 25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
25:22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
O (Observation): Words of Wisdom today, in how to deal with our enemies. The suggestion runs counter to conventional wisdom, which says: conquer your enemies, defeat them. Instead, the author tells us to feed our enemies if they are hungry, and give them water if they are thirsty.
Doing this means that your enemy is meeting no resistance. Your enemy will wonder why you are not fighting back. It will infuriate them, because their conscience will convict them that what they’re doing is wrong. Or, at the worst, the Lord will reward you.
This reminds us of Christ’s approach to the enemies of the world. ” Turn the other cheek” kind of stuff. Maybe bad for our health, but good for the soul.
A (Application): I’ve encountered plenty of folks that want to challenge me. My approach has usually been to be kind…though that kind of response can take a very conscious effort. My heartbeat is elevated. Sweat starts to break out. For me, calm is the response, even if I’m feeling enraged. The reason is that I tend to not be good at “comebacks.” So that’s not a very holy response, I know : )
Perhaps my lack of “comebacks”, though, is a gift : ) Perhaps the fact that I really can’t be good in the heat of an argument is a blessing that God has bestowed upon me.
What’s your default? Fight or flight? Is one a blessing and the other a curse? Can both be effective? Respond below.
In sum, and in the words of Bill & Ted, “Be excellent to each other!”
P (Prayer): Lord, you know that we can desire our way over yours. Remind us that peace and patience are the way. Help us to confuse our enemies, and help us to do well in your sight. Amen.