This wisdom moment shares the importance of not gloating over the fall of our enemies.
“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.” Proverbs 24:17-18
We all have enemies. People for whatever reasons in their heart can be against you, and that is something we must be aware of. When we see something bad happen to an enemy, we must be careful of how our heart responds to that!
“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 25:21-22
Who are we to be angry towards someone? We should never do that! Paul wrote, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Justice is best left to God. We are called to love people as Jesus did, and God will take care of justice. Justice is basically putting things back into the proper order. We are called by Jesus to love our enemies!
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:43-45
It is helpful to realize that at one point in our lives we were all enemies before we came to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Seeing that God loved us even while we were enemies gives us the example to do the same. It is a heart matter and when we try to take justice into our own hands that can stop God’s justice from happening in the situation because it was taken out of God’s hands. We have no right to hold anything against anyone. We can choose to walk as Jesus did and love our enemies. We want to hear from you! You can write to us at [email protected]. Greg, Pat, and John shared in this segment.
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