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07/07/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 225

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs — kellporten @ 13:42
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Scripture:

Prov. 25:21
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

Comment:

People may behave hostile against us, and then we are told to help them in their need. It can be difficult for us to obey God in this, because in the flesh we would rather distance ourselves from those who treat us badly. Why then are we told to do good to our enemies? Rom 12: 20-21 gives us the answer.

Rom. 12:20-21
20 Therefore “IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM; IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP COALS OF FIRE ON HIS HEAD.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Verse 20 talks about heaping coals on someone’s head. This does not mean that we are trying to torment the person, but our goodness makes him get a bad conscience. Then we read in verse 21 that we defeat the evil by doing good. This is the answer to the question why we should do good to those who are hostile towards us.

It is important that we understand that it is not people, but evil spirits who are our real enemies.

Eph. 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

People can be the tools of the enemy, but it is the evil spirits behind people’s behavior who are our real problem. When we do good to the people who treat us badly it will be harder for the evil spirits to use them against us.

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