By Patrick Hawthorne
In prayer this morning, I could not get the thought out of my head. “Heap coals of fire on their head.” This word was for me, but I thought you might receive from it as well.
Many in the West have taken the verse of Scripture, “Heap coals of fire on their head,” to mean we are to kill people with kindness…that when someone does us wrong, we are to repay with kindness. While the thought may sound reasonable, it is totally missing the point.
In the time this was written, coals for home fires was contained in a pot called a brazier. If a home fire went out, it was customary to run over to the next door neighbors to obtain more coals. Would you like to take a guess on how the fire was transported? You got it. It was on the head. If the neighbor truly wanted to bless the person seeking fire, they would heap coals of fire upon their head.
If you want the Biblical way to deal with your enemies, don’t just, “Kill em’ with kindness;” truly bless them. Pray for them and ask God to intervene in their lives. Don’t “lip service,” your kindness, but actually demonstrate true kindness. Love endures long and is patient and kind…. think about it. Happy 2017…be blessed.
Romans 12:20; Proverbs 25:22