Burning Coals

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“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.”

Romans 12:20 (NASB)

I remembered this verse recently in conversations regarding folk making my life difficult; I used to apply this very badly as a young Christian, weilding it as a weapon of vengeance. I must confess there is still a side in me that loves being nice to those who are not nice; such as that person who ignores me will suddenly find me smiling at them and engaging them in conversation. Sometimes it works well and in other times it doesn’t work at all. This is “heaping burning coals on someone.”

The above verse is a quote from Proverbs 25:21-22 in the Old Testament, and is further elaborated upon by…

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About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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3 Responses to Burning Coals

  1. C.A. Post says:

    Actually, “heaping burning coals on their heads” was NOT an act of cruelty. Think about how difficult it was to start a fire before lighters or even matches! And one would NOT carry coals in front of you, as they embers might fly in your face. So if you wanted to give a fire to someone whose flame had gone out, you would put it in a pot to be carried on his head. This is much more consistent with the first part of the verse and makes better sense in the culture of those days.
    See https://capost2k.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/why-go-to-church-meetings/ for more detail on this discovery.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.


  2. Dawn Marie says:

    Wonderful re-post, Faye! And a beautiful reminder how kindness does really matter…for both the giver & the receiver!💕

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