Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:19-21 ESV)
Beloved- God loves us so much! Overcome evil with good. Sounds simple enough, not so much tit for tat. Retaliation is not a practice instructed by God. The world likes to strike back at all wrong done. God says to love our enemies. If they are hungry- thirsty, give them something to eat and drink. In doing so, burning coals will be heaped on their heads.
In our finite minds, we literally see burning coals endangering enemies, finding satisfaction. This is not really the case. Early in my rededication, surrendered, excited about serving God, plunging into a ministry was not happening. What did happen was one character test after another, all dealing with challenging people. If graded by world standards, I would have flunked. I failed many times and still do find situations challenging. However, being kind took over, because I loved seeing the image of burning coals sizzle. Still not passing, however, a turning point towards showing kindness. Eventually, genuine kindness and God’s love took over. I began seeing clearly- gaining God’s perspective, helped me realize vengeance is His.
Often heard… hurting people, hurt people. We’ll never be void of situations testing to the core. As God’s Word began strengthening within, I became more capable of having God-Pleasing actions. God’s perspective really is higher than our thoughts. Once in Bible Study a thought shared how God may be working something good for our enemies by us choosing to overcome evil with good. I no longer vision burning coals, I sincerely want genuine kindness, God’s love flowing from me. What about you? I can hear Paul’s argument- for what I want to do, I do the very thing I hate. We have to be constantly on guard, not allowing the devil any room to alter what we want to do…God’s perfect, pleasing will.
The devil has no authority over us….God will repay in His own, sovereign way. Trusting God, much easier and simple. Let’s move forward…overcome evil with good, finding ways to show kindness.