Yeah, I know that it's Tuesday. I had every intention of posting this yesterday, but somehow I never got around to it! So, here it is:
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
and the LORD will reward you.
The north wind brings forth rain,
And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
~ Psalm 25:21-23
I don't know if any of you struggle with a temper? I certainly live up to my irish, slightly red-headed stereotype. Often I will be offended by something and hold it inside, then release it in nasty words to the person who offended me. All of my expressions and attitude becomes angry and then no one wants to be around me. Yuck. It is much better to let things roll off your back or confront the person right away and not let any bitter roots grow.
The first part of this verse is hard to do, but I have seen the effects. People who you consider enemies will be destroyed, so to speak, when you heap kindnesses on them. Recently there was a younger girl who didn't like me- I don't know if I annoyed her or she just didn't think I was cool enough for her or whatever. Anyway, she pretty much ignored me, even if I talked to her. The other day the Lord pressed it upon my heart to compliment her- sincerely. And so I did. Since then, she's talked to me and joked with me. It is so interesting. So, in essence, I destroyed a possible enemy and gained a friend. God is so incredible.
How can we destroy any enemies we might have today?