Heap Coals of Fire on Their Head?

Love draws people to Jesus.
Proverbs 25:21-22 (KJV) 21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
This scripture always puzzled me. Surely by taking care of our enemy we aren’t hurting them. But then I heard that this is an Arabian expression. Heaping burning coals of fire on someone stands for the acute mental pain that is caused by them being guilty of the wrongs they’ve done to you. Your love, in contrast to their evil, awakens their conscience. Then they repent and seek to be reconciled.
This makes so much more sense in this context. We love others especially those who rub us the wrong way or just don’t see eye-to-eye with. By loving them, you show them a more excellent way. Your light dispels their dark. You make them hunger and thirst for righteousness. Your love, draws them to Jesus: they’ll realize they need a Savior.
Just because someone is rejecting your faith or persecuting you doesn’t mean you aren’t having an impact on them. Pray for them, believe for opportunities and love them even when it’s hard. Because Jesus loved the world even while they were crucifying Him. Surely, we can love those who persecute and hurt us. To show them love may be the reason you met that person in the first place.
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