"Kill them with kindness".
What does that really mean? And, is it even sensible?
Proverbs 25:21-22 says:
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.
This passage really isn't there to point the finger at the 'offender'; it's really about us. We should be mature enough eventually in the Lord to walk in love towards others, even when they or things around us are unfavorable. Everyone has a bad day, bad times. But, are we able to remain unoffendable? I think with God's power in us, we can. And only then can we!
Choosing to remain in truth, take unpleasant moments of time as temporary, and taking charge over our emotions (instead of the other way around) and skipping giving in to negative or toxic emotions (which often leads to arguing, etc), we can bypass much turmoil. This way, we don't hurt the ones we love so often. Saying things we really don't mean in the end.
It is easy to see this demonstration of the 'love walk' when we think of our dear loved ones - like a mother, father, spouse, or children. Most of us love our children so much, that there is practically nothing they can do in a normal spectrum to even cause our love to fade.
Jesus walked this way with everyone. He requires we do as well.
Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"The king will answer them, 'I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant [they seemed], you did for me.'
Jesus used the following message to remind John the Baptist of this same way of believing - remaining in His faith, in what John already knew to be the truth; and remaining unoffended in God's will being played out a little differently that he'd expected:
Matthew 11:4-6 (NKJV)
4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
This is hard to do at times, especially in our own strength. But as God changes our thinking and the types of things we focus on, this does actually get easier! Plus, don't we all like to keep our peace each day? negativity is draining. steer clear ❤
PS~ What do you do, when you encounter darkness?? (like: a situation, in a person, or atmosphere etc?
Turn the LIGHT on! (the Light being Jesus)