Themes in Proverbs: Enemies

Proverbs 25:21–22

If your enemy is hungry, give him food 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.

Christians look very different from the world. One of the ways Christians look different is the way we treat our enemies. This is a very important aspect to the Christians life, but sadly one that is often forgotten. God moved men in the New Testament to again address this pressing issue in Romans 12:20-21:

“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

When we follow this command, to love our enemies, we follow God’s will and we are rewarded. Have you done those things necessary to become a Christian (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; Etc.)? If you have, the question that remain is: How are you treating your enemies?

We all have or have had enemies at one time in our lives. Moreover, the world’s advice is to treat others with disdain that do not appreciate or treat you kindly. Which will we choose? The way of the world or the will of God?