Proverbs 25:21, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink."
Have you ever been offended? Often our first response is lashing out, but God’s Word reminds us to minister instead of destroy.
The words “feed him” signify feeding cheerfully and tenderly. If we approach those who offend us with this attitude, we begin mending with a sweet healing balm before revenge can take hold. We are reminded elsewhere in God’s Word (Colossians 3:12-17) that God’s chosen people are to be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. We are to bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances we may have against one another.
Friends the only way this is possible is if we let the word of Christ dwell in us to teach, encourage and admonish one another in wisdom. Let us extend the tender hand when offended. And finally, let us remember that how we respond, may be the turning point in that person’s life and there is much more to gain through grace than through justification.