“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.”  (Proverbs 25:20-21, NIV)

What may be regarded by the common person as foolishness is tactical brilliance in the eyes of God.

Today’s scripture is a blueprint for how the Christian disciple is to engage his or her adversary.  The benefit of this counter-intuitive approach is two-fold: (1) It confounds the enemy beyond words and: (2) it assures the positive notice of our heavenly Father.

To act in this way toward our enemies requires faith in God, and courage.  Be neither ashamed nor afraid to stand both firm and fast wherever it is that God has directed.  – Luther

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