Some Encouragement in Tough Times

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” – Luke 6:27-28

“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” – Prov 25:21-22

Even if your goal is not to heap burning coals on somebody’s head, the reference also says that the LORD will reward you.

Paul brings it all together nicely in Romans 12:14-21

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

My point is simply that when you run into people who are treating your poorly, or inappropriately – whether in the realm of politics, society, or otherwise – there is hope for the Christian that God will set things right, and that we don’t have to manage it all ourselves.

It reminds me of times when my five-year-old gets a toy snatched away by one of his younger brothers. He is more than strong enough to whack them in the head and take it back. But, I will often tell him not to overpower them, not to react violently, but just be patient and let it go … and Daddy will fix it in a minute. I suppose I am the most proud of him when he trusts me. When he agrees to let something go that he very much wants, and that rightfully is his but was taken away by a brother; trusting that Daddy will fix it.

Isn’t this part and parcel of what we all want with regards to the Father? Don’t we all want a proud Daddy, who smiles at our confidence in Him?

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