by: FCC Staff
“If my enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink.” (Proverbs 25:21)
Somehow there can be within me an instinctive desire to want to be unkind or uncaring to someone who may not be especially a friend of mine. I simpIy may not know them, or if I do, it’s just by a casual acquaintance. What if I could look upon them as if I already know them as a friend?
My heart should always be one that reflects the heart of Jesus--one of kindness, one of compassion. But that’s not necessarily always going to happen. Because of my natural sin nature, I sometimes see him as an enemy, and not necessarily for good reason, especially if my day is not going very well to start with. They may be hungry, or thirsty. Can I find it within myself to buy them a sandwich, or lunch?
Am I willing to put myself in their shoes for just a moment and imagine what it’s really like to be alone, hungry, maybe hurting and terribly discouraged, or have no real reason for living? Is the Holy Spirit inside me convicting me to act? Am I resisting him, trying to convince myself it’s probably his own fault? There are many of those around us, there is no hiding from it. If you’re not sure how legitimate he might be, do it anyway, and know that you have done your part. Your heart feels good. Relax, go on and enjoy your day!
Prayer for today: God, give me the wisdom to be able to distinguish those who really may be hungry or thirsty, and have the courage to act accordingly. Amen