I heard a story about a man that had his family killed by ISIS. The man was in a refugee camp and ISIS was camped near by. The man who’s family had been murdered took food to the ISIS men. Some of those men turned to Christ as a result! (this is from my memory after reading this some time ago).
I remember reading that story and thinking WHO does this? That guy was crazy! If someone killed my family do you think I’d be taking them food or water?
Who does this? Who shows kindness to their enemy. A Christian is who. A Christian who gets it. A Christian who would rather obey the Lord rather than listen to his hurting flesh. A Christian sold out to Jesus does this. Wow. That is some kind of obedience.
In Romans 12 it says “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. Verse 19-20 says Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge, I will repay, ” says the Lord. On the contrary: “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.”
Oh you are thinking burning coals on his head! Yeah man!! God is going to really put the hurt on my enemy. But when we show kindness to our enemies we are heaping God’s presence on them. We are allowing God to work on them and change hearts.
God loves us all. He doesn’t say if you have green eyes and a good job I’ll love you more. No, John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world” and as far as I know their aren’t any exceptions. He wants us ALL to find Him and accept Him. Some people find Him early on and some take a lot longer and have a history of really bad stuff in getting to Him. Some people never find Him, but he still desires for All to find Him.
Next time you find yourself wronged and really upset about it, try a little kindness and see what God does with your act of obedience.
Lavender & Armour