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Forgive and Be Forgiven

Hot embers in a potJesus taught each disciple to forgive when he said in Luke 6.37, "Forgive others and God will forgive you." To forgive is literally, "Let loose, release, set free" those who have hurt or wronged you. But how hard it is to forgive! One particular verse in Proverbs 25.22 always baffled me. It reads, "If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you." I puzzled over its meaning for a long time until I read an explanation by an Indian Bishop, Bishop Pillai (1900-1970 AD) in his little book "Light Through an Eastern Window. Here he explains that the Bible reference teaches the reader to heap burning coals of fire upon the heads of those who wrong you, and that means to do good to them.✞

Disciple to Others

How vengeful and unchristian, I first thought. Then I read that it was the custom in an Oriental village and is still practiced in some parts of India today to carry smoldering embers in a piece of pottery on the head from one house to another in the early morning to start everybody's fires. This was a very pleasant, warming experience for the one who carried them, we are told by the teacher. The inference is therefore that we should first give blessings to those who wrong us that they might be ashamed and repent. This is how forgiveness should be!✞

"Disciple Give Forgiveness"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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