Devotion – Proverbs 25

S – If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, 

22 for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you

 Proverbs 25:21–22 CSB

O – Compassion is a characteristic of all humans.  Most of us can have it with our loved ones.  But, can we have it with those outside that personal circle?  It is these acts of kindness that meet others’ needs and demonstrate the heart of Christ…even if they are an “enemy.”

A – Commentary: This may come from an Egyptian expiation ritual, in which a person guilty of some wrongdoing would carry a pan of burning coals on his head as a sign of his repentance. Thus treating one’s enemy kindly may cause him to repent.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures,

I like this application personally.  Moving in compassion should cause my heart to soften and repent of what I bring to the damaged relationship.  Hopefully, it would do the same for the other person but I cannot control them.

R – Lord, help me to act in compassion from a genuine heart today.  Let it soften my stubbornness to forgive and open up relationship with you and others.