“Don’t bite the hand that feeds me? Ok, cool. That’s not so bad — makes sense. Wait, what? Feed the man who bites me?”
This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 25:21 — 22 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
You heard correctly. The inspired Word of God tells us that we should not deny our enemies their needs just because they have wronged us. Though they may not act like it sometimes, those people that hate our guts for no reason are still human. They still feel pain. They wear clothes and shoes like we do. They still feel joy, and yes, they even get hungry and thirsty like me and you. Above all, they are also God’s beloved creations. It can be hard to remember these things when we are unjustly the object of hate, but the Lord tells us in His Word that He will reward us for loving our enemies anyway.
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