If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you.
-Enemy in this context means an opponent; who when provided with all things necessary for his subsistence (bread & water), he will be convicted of his evil action & in turn change his mind regarding the enmity. This is a gesture of love & kindness which brings about repentance & forgiveness for the undeserved favour granted. In so doing; we are likened to Christ, the bread of life & fountain of water in our hearts. In John 6:35, And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. Therefore, when we love one another, we proclaim that we are one body in Christ.
-Jesus instructed us to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us & pray for those who persecute us; that we may be sons of our Father in heaven. Thus, we will be rewarded & emulate the perfection of the Father (Mt 5:44-48).
Lord our Father have mercy on us. Strengthen us to live peaceably with our neighbours & may Your love abide in our hearts to show mercy & goodness to those who wish evil upon us. Bring calm to all the war torn countries & maintain peace in all the nations of the world. Amen
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