Self-Examination (Part 49)
Head: Coals Of Fire
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord. 'But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:17-21 (NASB)
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father Who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?
Matthew 5:44-46 (NASB)
Jesus is the Personification of unexpected love's grand finale. Because giving life to death-bound sinners or extending kindness to enemies... when both are assuredly undeserved, when evil has been a cruel world's rule, when hatred has been a governing force, when compassion has been non-existent, when mercy has been labeled as weakness... sets up two startling juxtapositions:
1. Surprising love beats customary hate. 2. Burning coals on a head can warm a heart.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: In this lust-filled age of media where celebrities are idolized and programming is irreverent, you, yourselves, are juxtapositions.* Both the church and the world wonder why you've been called to perform in this field.
Is your non-condemning helpfulness, your gentle, encouraging presence, your sincere interest in others, like sizzling coals on media's head? Does the shock effect of your good deeds warm and revive countless frozen hearts?
I say yes.
To Be Continued...
* A juxtaposition is two contrasting things being seen or placed closely together, or two unlikely things that coincide or bump into each other. https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/juxtaposition
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.