Prov. 25:21, “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.”

Verse 22, “Thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head,” not to consume but to melt him into kindness; a metaphor taken from smelting metallic ores.

And so in Exodus we read, Exo. 23:4, “If thou meet thine ENEMY’S ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. 5 If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.”

This was the instruction given by God Himself to the Children of Israel. And so the Lord Jesus Himself will further instruct us; in Matt. 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Verse 44. “Love your enemies.” This verse in the words of Jesus is the most outstanding spiritual, intellectual and moral word given to man. But yet it sounds very unreasonable and stupid to many.

Why? Because the natural man is prone to revenge, who will always want to pay pack everything done to them by such offenders; and must stand to give reasons why such revenge should be so.

We know that men are naturally hostile to each other.

But the mode of Jesus is to constantly make men happy and to be at peace with one another. So anything that will not bring this to pass is rejected by the Spirit of the Christ.

And now only the ones with the mind of Christ can obey this most reasonable precept in the universe today. “This one precept is a sufficient proof of the holiness of the Gospel, and of the truth of the Christian religion,”( ACC).

So when we read, “Bless them that curse you,” it simply means, “Give good words in place of bad words spoken of you.”

To bless actually means in the sense of speaking good of or to a person, just like you see in Gen. 2:3 when God blessed the Sabbath.

“Do good to them that hate you,”

would prove to your enemies that you love them by good deeds, not just in words.

“Pray for them which despitefully use you,”

would mean pray for those who are always warring, stabbing you in the back and constantly harassing you and speaking calamities against you.

“For them.”

The reason you pray for them is so that God will be able to change their wicked heart and cause them to be saved. And then with such a man saved, you too will finally have your peace. No more harassment.

So from the words of Jesus a man may exhibit enmity in three different ways: 1) In his heart by hatred; 2) In his words by cursing or using damaging words against us; or 3) In his actions, by continually harassing and abusing us.

So how do you deal with these behaviors?

With hatred; your response is love. With cursing and evil words; we release good words and blessings. With calamity and injurious words; our posture is continual prayer to God for the man’s salvation.

King David demonstrated this spirit when he was being insulted.

2 Sam. 16:5-13 is a story about how David was running away from Absalom, his son; and a member of Saul’s family came cursing, insulting and throwing stones at him. One of the men in David’s company got angry at such insults on the king and determined to go cut off the head of Shimei. But hear the response of King David;

“Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head….And the king said,.. so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, wherefore hast thou done so? It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.”

Are you surprised God said David was a man after His own heart?

Therefore, beloved the above is the summary of;

Rom. 12:20, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD. 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good,” NIV.

The End.