Google+ 03/27/14 It is Us That Will Be Destroyed, Not Them!

Romans 12:20-21

 

Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
    If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

 

Paul tells us in today's Scripture how to defeat our enemies.  Now there is a reason to read Scripture!  The problem is that God's solution to this problem in our lives is not what we want to hear.  We will defeat our enemies by being kind and loving to them.  Oh Paul, say it isn't so!!!  I have to feed them and give them something to drink if they are hungry or thirsty?  It is about now that all of us are thinking that Paul doesn't really understand how bad our enemies are to us.  Our enemies must be far worse than those of Paul's day.  We need to ask ourselves when was the last time that one of our enemies put us in jail, or seriously threatened to take our lives.  Once Paul was converted from his life of Saul, he spent almost as much time in jail as he did traveling around planting churches!  Paul understood who his enemies were and our enemies pale in any comparison to the ones Paul dealt with daily.  Our kindness to our enemies is, and will be, a struggle.  The flesh tells us to "get even" with them because we are right and they are wrong.  While this fact may be true, we are to leave the judging process to God.  He is so good at it!  Listen carefully to the words of Paul.  Hate and anger negate God's love.  If we try to "get even" with our enemies, we will destroy ourselves, not them.  We will separate ourselves from the love of God.  We will negate our protective shield that God gives each of us.  By being kind to our enemies, we literally confound them.  That is what Paul is talking about and it validates the worldly phrase, "Kill them with kindness!"  If you have not tried this technique, please comply with today's Scripture and start doing it every time someone becomes your enemy.  Our lives will change for the better as we continue to embrace the love of God.  If we continue to hate our enemies, we should consider this.  "It is Us That Will Be Destroyed, Not Them!"