Atop This Year’s Christmas Shopping List:
Loving Your Enemies!
There is such wisdom and power in these simple words: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing so you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12: 20-21)
Taken from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 256
Food for Thought
Did you cross anyone off your Christmas card or gift list this year because they have been “bad” to you? According to Paul’s instruction, our enemies ought to be at the top of our holiday sharing lists. In our day and age, even the pagans give Christmas gifts to their friends (to paraphrase Jesus). What makes Christians different is that we care–passionately–for our enemies. We work hard to give them good gifts. Is there one particular “enemy” who you need to add back onto your list? What can you give an enemy this season that would be particularly thoughtful? This is a tough command, but it comes with an amazing promise: if we obey, we will not be overcome by evil but instead will overcome evil with good!
SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US! We’d love to hear about your efforts to “give good gifts to your enemies” this Christmas season. Please e-mail us your experience at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2008 Peacemaker Conference
While it may seem too early for thoughts about the 2008 Conference, we already have the pieces coming together for an exciting weekend in Orlando next September!
Registration is open and those who register between now and December 31st will receive our lowest price of $199. So, if you already know you’ll be coming, register today!
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