Thursday
Jul 8th, 2021
Table for Two: Let's Talk About Your Enemies
By: Michael Mayeaux
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Romans 12:20–21 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. (NLT)

Who is the best superhero? It is a question that has stumped comic book fans for decades. Personally, I am a fan of Batman! I love the Batman movies, and especially the Dark Knight trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. There is a scene in Batman Begins (first installment of the trilogy) where Alfred (Batman’s butler) asks Bruce Wayne (secret identity of the Batman), “Why bats, Mr. Wayne?” Bruce responds, “Bats frighten me. It’s time my enemies share my dread!”

Isn’t it so easy to want the same thing? In our flesh we sometimes wish our enemies would feel the same pain that they’ve caused us. However, this is contrary to what Paul teaches us in his letter to the Romans. Instead, we are told to feed them and meet their needs; help them! If we do this, what will be the result? Paul writes that burning coals of shame will be dumped on their heads.

What in the world does that even mean? If we explore the context of the time, in Egypt it was actually customary to carry a pan of burning coals on one’s head as a sign of repentance. What the Lord intends is for our kindness and gratitude to lead our enemies to repent. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to change the sinner's hearts, and through our kindness we can play along!

Pray for or about an “enemy” of yours and ask God how you can bless them today!

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