Rom. 12:20, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

In looking further at this statement of Paul, though I know it’s hard for so many of us to take this in, if we must stay on as believers and in what Jesus stands for and represents, then our concept of dealing with our supposed enemies ought to change to reflect who He is.

Jesus said to His disciples, you and I; John 14:23,

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him,”(KJV).

Keeping His Word is vital to our maintaining our true relationship with the Father as sons. And one of His words to us in this regards is 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.”

So praying for our enemies to die or be harmed in any manner doesn’t seem to fall in place so much with His perfect will. If we realized that He wished no one should perish but that all, including your enemies, should come to repentance, then we cannot afford to have some killed and not come to have His will fulfilled.

Someone said, “But Jesus said He came to bring a SWORD on the earth,” meaning we are to fight and kill our enemies. I will touch on that in Part 3, but let me continue with the simple definition of the passage in question first.

Now why is Rom. 12:20 speaking to us in this way?

“Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head”

It is because the goodness and long-sufferings of God towards you have been the means of melting down your heart into being sorrowful for your past wicked life and now feeling the gratitude and love towards Him.

See this; Rom. 2:4 (AMP), “Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repent (to change your mind and inner man to accept God’s will)?”

So you see, your repentance is factored on God’s will, mercy, long suffering, forbearance, and kindness, etc. No wonder the scriptures says; John 6:44;

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

And this is what He achieved by the release of His goodness and love towards us. So we didn’t give our hearts to God. He caused us to come to Him.

How wouldn’t you know if that a similar conduct towards your enemy may not have the same gracious influence on him towards you?

Your kindness may be the means of begetting in him a sense of his guilt; and from being your full enemy, he may become your real friend!

It’s as if the Apostle Paul is saying, “Instead of revenge, render kindness; return courtesies for injuries, affability for affronts:

Thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”

It simply means you will by this kindness most readily subdue him, and make him feel most keenly the wrong he has done to you all this while. Who knows why some of your perceived enemies are still hanging on till now is because you have missed the application of this scripture to the situation?

You have prayed for them to die, yet they are still alive. So instead of thanking God all the time, you have spent seventy percent of your time and energy trying to kill enemies that have refused to die. Wrong focus brother.

This Passage is in no way telling us to revenge our enemies or wish them death or evil in any manner. Praying for your enemies to die is not in the will and mind of God and never a New Testament pattern or goal.

The scriptures rightly say, Ps. 23:5, “Thou (God) preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…”

If they are dead, how will they see the goodness of God? How will they know the power of God? As New Testament believers, we need a new and another spirit!

To be continued…