Have you ever had someone heap burning coals on your head? Have you heaped burning coals on someone’s head? I have someone I need to heap those coals on! And I’m asking God to help me.
So what are the burning coals? Those are the acts of kindness we do to people who treat us badly. It’s in the Bible! You can find it both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
The story I’ve written to publish this week is about a boy who was bullied. His father suggested that they pray for the bully and his family, because it was an ugly situation. The dad taught his boy about heaping burning coals on the bully’s head. That’s what he did. In time, the bully and the bullied became friends. And the entire family of the disturbed boy came to know the Lord.
Most of the time those that bully do it because they are not happy. The Bible teaches that we should treat them with love. Bullying can take on many faces. God’s solution is always to do good. Those who bully need very much of God’s love. Whatever the situation, let’s be so kind to them that it’s like they had their head piled high with burning coals!
Here is the boy walking happily to school, whistling in the sunshine, when the bully comes along and trips him so he falls flat on his face. The bully kept doing that, and the boy kept heaping the coals. Finally the bully said, “What is it with you? You don’t fight back. It’s no fun to bully you!” And then they became friends!
If you have a child that is being bullied, don’t take it lightly. The best thing you can do is pray with your child, and pray for the bully. Then ask for God’s wisdom on how to handle the situation. You will have to speak with the school authorities if it happens at school. However the situation, look into the life of the bully. Ask God to help you show his love.
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May the rest of this week be as wonderful as our great and awesome God! God bless you!