If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
When we show kindness to our enemy, we are acting in a Christ like manner.
This one is tough. In fact, I am pretty confident that some men will read the Proverb and just skip this one. For those who will consider it and begin to apply this principle, they could see a dramatic change happen within them. This Proverb stretches us to adopt the mind of Christ.
When Man sinned against God – the relationship was severed – men became hostile and developed an antipathy against God. Yet, even while we were sinners – haters – hostile – God loved us, and showed His love by giving us the Bread of Life and the Water of His Spirit.
Jesus demonstrated this very act of kindness to a Samaritan woman who came to the well. The Samaritans and the Jews had a hostility toward one another. When Jesus asked the woman for some water, her reply is revealing, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” Jews did not associate with Samaritans.
Then Jesus offered her a drink, ““If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
Following the example of Jesus, we should look for opportunities to help those with whom there is a hostility.
It’s not easy, but there is a reward system attached to acting out this incredible principle.
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