"If your enemy is hungry, feed him..."
Text: Romans 12:20
GOING THE EXTRA MILE
Paul did not believe in aggression that is fueled by evil thoughts. Neither did he teach mere passivity in the face of evil. His stance was not a new idea at all. His approach was drawn from the Scriptures of great antiquity.
“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.”
1. The Book of Proverbs
a) Paul cited the text from the Book of Proverbs.
The actual text is as follows:
“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
And the LORD will reward you.”