It’ Wisdom Wednesday and we’re touching on a touchy subject…being nice to your enemies. I know this might feel difficult to do, and I may be stepping on a few toes by talking about this, but it needs to be said.
Our scripture is coming from Proverbs 25:21-22 which reads:
“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.”
This is important to pay attention to, because a lot of people feel the need to right wrongs whenever they believe someone has violated or offended them personally. But the scripture clearly states that we should treat our enemies with love, and to allow life to take its course for the offending person.
What’s The Importance of Choosing to Be Nice?
It’s important to be nice, because if you match your enemy’s energy and get nasty with them as a result of them getting nasty with you, neither of you will gain anything from those exchanges. Also, you can’t demonstrate how a person should behave if you’re acting the same way and claiming to be god-like. According to the bible, you cause more harm to your offender by choosing to be nice toward them despite how they treat you. And let’s be real…sometimes it just feels better to be the bigger person.
A powerful little side note…
When you have mastered self-control, your enemy won’t be able to get to you and cause you to act out in any way. In fact, at the level of self mastery, you will choose love automatically because that is who you are, and no one else can influence you to be any different from your true state of being.
Another little nugget…
People reflect back to you who you are. If a person chooses to be nasty toward you, and you are loving in return, it won’t be long before they either change their tune to match your energy, or they’ll leave you alone completely.
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