Who are Your Enemies?

When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”

“Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill men you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory. 2 Kings 6:21-23

When the Lord is on your side, it’s never a fair fight. The men of Aram were blinded, captured, and led into Samaria. The king of Israel wanted to slaughter them on the spot. It would have been a complete defeat. Instead, Elisha fed them and they returned to their master. The end result was that Aram stopped raiding Israel.

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. Proverbs 25:21-22.

Have you ever fed your enemies? Have you ever had dinner with them? Perhaps a simpler question is, do you even know who your enemies are? What are you doing to patch relations with those enemies?

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