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Are We To Feed Our Enemy

What is your understanding of this Scripture? From Romans 12:20 "Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him, if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head."

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Deuteronomy32:35 Vengence is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord. Basically it refers to the sense of shame, remorse or humility they feel when we show kindness to our enemies. Think about Jesus nailed to a tree having all the sins of the world piled on his heart to spare you from Gods wrath (which we all deserve) and you should get the point.
---Danosaur on 5/26/08

This means to forgive your enemy and pray for your enemies...And Bless your enemies...An enemy is anything or anyone who is sent by the real enemy "the devil" to cause harm to other people..So being that we do not wrestle against Flesh and Blood,It is the powers of darkness and principalities that are the real source of trouble...So we are not to take things out on "People"...We are to take authority over the real source...The devil.
---Elisabeth on 5/25/08

We must act like Christians at all times.
Don't allow yourself to be overpowered with evil.Take the offensive.....overpower evil by good
---Gabby on 5/7/08

Beautiful job Catherine.
---deb on 4/14/08

If he hunger, do not say, now God is avenging me of him, yea,yea! But feed him. Then when he has need of thy help, could be any kind of help, and you have an opportunity to just ignore him [I won't help you], but, instead, give him an significant word with tenderness. >>>Those that revenge are the conquered, and those that forgive are the conquerors>>note: God must work these things in you.
---catherine on 4/14/08

I can assure you that if you do not have enemies you are one or two things. Either you are not truly saved from eternal hell, or you are doing NOTHING for God.
---catherine on 3/26/08

Absolutely..I pray I dont have enemies tho..
---operatora on 3/26/08

We are good to people, friends, and enemies, through the love of God. It is something that God places in us. He gives this to us. Forgiveness yes. It is divine. we don't hold grudges. We don't really understand it. It is just God. He makes us. This IS why we need God in this world. Wars no more. Peace between God and man. PEACE between man and man. Ah, but we have Satan.
---catherine on 3/25/08

18 vs be4 and even after is of dealing with all others in love and tolerance "if it be possible". What happened in vs 20? It was a custom for kids to take burning coals to a neighbor who's cook fire was out. A method was in a clay pot carried on their head (heaping coals...). They were oft rewarded with sweets when they arrived. This was a much sought after "chore". So do good to others and they are rewarded two fold for your kindness.
---mikefl on 3/7/08

Never seek to take revenge on anyone because it is Gods place to repay. We need to feed the hungry and quench their thirst. Nothing is ever accomplished if we are overcome by evil, but evil, we need to overcome evil with good. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
---Court7646 on 3/3/08

By giving your enemy something to drink and something to eat it will bring about a change of attitude toward the believer.. And a sense of shame, punishment, or remorse in the mind of our enemy when we show kindness to him. And a watching world can see the change in the believer.
---catherine on 3/3/08

There were German POW camps around Jackson, Miss. during WWII. Many of these men have returned because of the good treatment they received. Some didn't even know the horrors of Nazi Germany until seeing newsreels during movies they were shown. Kindness they received goes on today.
---Nellah on 3/3/08

If one who oppose you is in need and you can supply that need, help them, by doing so you may through your demonstration of the Father's love and compassion, cause them to reconsider themselves and restrain their harmful intent or action towards you or any other man. Your benevolence may even be the catalyst that opens that ones mind to the Godly sorrow that will ultimately lead them to repentance. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
---josef on 3/2/08

To me this is saying that no matter how we are treated by others, we are to love them and show love and affection toward them. When it says in the bible to treat others as we want to be treated, is very true. It is very hard to love those whom talk about you. Calvary is where the hatred ends and forgiveness begins. It is unlike me, but it is just like Jesus.
---Rebecca_D on 3/1/08

Recompense no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the SIGHT of ALL men. If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with ALL men.., avenge not yourselves, BUT RATHER GIVE PLACE UNTO WRATH: for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord (Romans12:17-19).

Treating everyone as a neighbor keeps us producing the fruits of the Spirit and not of the flesh, & gives everyone the opportunity to see & experience the Peace Love & Joy of the Lord.
---Shawn.M.T on 3/1/08

We are to show proper respect to everyone simply because we, humans, are made in the image of God. On the otherhand, God does not always lead us into a spirit of love. Sometimes, it's in a spirit of rebuke. I know this from experience. Remenber, we do have TWO obedience here: the word of God and God directly. For example, if you ask God what color car to buy? He may tell you. God just wants you to talk to Him and include Him. He may ablige you. That's Not in the Bible. Understand?
---catherine on 3/1/08

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well as i said we are too have no enemies among people. not only feed them ,but love them too.
---tom2 on 3/1/08

My cooking skills are perfect for feeding enemies--or MAKING new enemies lol! :D
---Mary on 2/29/08

During WW2, there were many German and Italian POWs held in this country.
Instead of them being used as slave labour, they worked on farms and were fed and clothed properly. Many of them happily stayed here after the war, and married into the people who had given hospitality to the enemy.
---alan_of_UK on 2/29/08

We should show respect to our eminies no matter what, because iti s the Chrisitan thing to do & God will take notice how we react.
---candice on 2/29/08

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How did Jesus handle his enemies? i.e., the Pharisees, the Saducees, etc.,
If you start reading in Matthew, you'll find he ignored them. They plotted against Him behind his back, told him He had a demon and He wasn't who He said He was. How did He handle them? Did He bless them? Yes, with the truth. But He also ignored them and went about His Father's work/will. Amen?
---Donna on 2/29/08

What was one of the signs that the Holy Spirit had come? The fire on the head. I believe that the coals of fire here could easily be a spiritual sign that if you do this to your enenmy that the Spiirit of God will be at work in this person.
---john on 2/29/08

Nana ...# 1 .. I have to defend my literal reading of that verse ... because it says "If your enemy is hungry, feed him, for in so doing, you will heap coals of fire on his head"
The motive for feeding is clearly that the fire be heaped on his head.
That is if we take the verse absolutely literally ... cont
---alan_of_UK on 2/29/08

Nana ...# 2 ... But of course this one of those verses where we have to ask should it be taken literally?
And the answer is of course not.
The problem is that there are those who insist that everything in the Bible has to be taken literally.
---alan_of_UK on 2/29/08

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Matthew 5:38: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An
eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but
whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him
the other also." Resisting evil is like arm-wrestling with
it, it'll get you dirty.
43: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy."
---Nana on 2/29/08

The verse does not open itself for such "literal" outlook.
Aside from literal, "it means that because we hate our
ememy so much". Where did you learn that?
---Nana on 2/29/08

Verse 19 says "avenge not" and verse 21, unravels any
doubt or imaginings derived from it. Romans 12,21:
"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
That being the meaning, the image then is as that of a
fireplace that provides undeniable warmt.
---Nana on 2/29/08

It is an easy thing to go to the OT and find support in
Scripture, to turn those coals into agents of destruction,
and occassion to roast our enemy. As we stand here
today I ask, is that what we should do? No, Scripture
denies that notion. What Scripture? That of Jesus's own
words. In Matthew 5 Jesus, in many ways changed
things from what they used to be, to what they ought
to be today.
---Nana on 2/29/08

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i believe that since jesus came and died we as christians really should have no enemies.we are messengers.gods god has enemies,but they don,t realize he has won already. and ultimately will judge everyone.
---tom2 on 2/29/08

A custom of the time (as it was in early America), was the children were asked to carry burning coals to a neighbors home to relight their hearth. The coals were carried in clay bowls on their heads most of the time. When they arrived the neighbor would greet them with sweets and praises even if the kids were not know otherwise to be good. Doesn't this help to match what was said of God in previous verses? Be kind to those who hurt you as Jesus taught us.
---mikefl on 2/28/08

Vengence is mine saith the Lord,there is also(don't remember where) a verse that says something like this,we aren't to take delight in our enemies punishment lest God takes His hand off punishing him. I think Romans 12:20 goes with,Luke6:28 Bless them that curse you,pray for them who despitefully use you. Matthew 5:44 love your enemies,do good to those that hate you,-. Eye for an eye was nailed to Christ's cross like the rest of ordinances of OT.
---Darlene_1 on 2/28/08

These words are also found in Proverbs 25:21-22. Some people think that the words are saying that if you feed and help your enemy you can aggravate his/her guilt. Another way of putting it is that by returning good for evil you can bring about shame and repentence from your enemy. Whatever the latter half of the verse says we are also told elsewhere in scripture not to return evil for evil.
---RitaH on 2/28/08

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Absolutely. We are to pray for enemies as well as feed them.

We are to pray for our enemies, forgive them.
If we do not, Our Father will not forgive us.
---Cindy on 2/28/08

Could it mean we should kill them with kindness?! lol!
---sue on 2/28/08

If we took it literallly, it means that because we hate our ememy so much, we feed him, etc, making him think we want to be his friend, when really what we are doing is to make it even more certain that he goes to the fiery pits of Hell
---alan_of_UK on 2/28/08

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