A holy man said, "it is my nature to save, and must I change my nature because the scorpion does not change its nature?"
How to Punish Your Enemy…in a Christlike Way (Proverb 25:21-22)
A reporter was interviewing an old man on his 100th birthday. "What are you most proud of?" he asked. "Well," said the man, "I don't have an enemy in the world." "What a beautiful thought! How inspirational!" said the reporter. "Yep," added the centenarian, "outlived every last one of them."
A parable: A man was engaged in his morning meditation under a tree whose roots stretched out over the riverbank. During his meditation he noticed that the river was rising, and a scorpion caught in the roots was about to drown. He crawled out on the roots and reached down to free the scorpion, but every time he did so, the scorpion struck back at him. An observer came along and said to the holy man, "Don't you know that's a scorpion, and it's in the nature of a scorpion to want to sting?" To which the man replied, 'That may well be, but it is my nature to save, and must I change my nature because the scorpion does not change its nature?"
“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty give him water to drink. For so you will heap coals of fire on his head and the Lord will reward you.” Proverbs 25: 21-22
We often hear people talk about “getting even with their enemies" but the Christian way goes well beyond just “getting even”, it describes an appropriate, powerful and effectual punishment.
CHRISTIANS MAY HAVE ENEMIES…BUT SHOULD NEVER BE ONE!
Paul had many enemies. Some were Jews; some were pagans; and tragically, some were professing Christians who were leaders in some of the churches he had established. Consider Paul’s declaration to Timothy regarding the persecutions that he endured at the hands of his enemies.
“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra---what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” II Timothy 3:10-12.
Also we need to consider the word spoken by our Lord to His disciples: “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” John 15: 20b
THE WORLD’S APPROACH TO THE "ENEMY PROBLEM"
The most common approach seems to be: “Do unto others as they do unto you!” Some would even say: “Before they do unto you.”
Under the law, the command was: “Then you shall do to him just as he intended to do to his brother.” Deuteronomy 19:19.
But the Christian is to be reminded that we are not under the law but under grace and that forgiveness…not retribution…should be the guiding principle of our life.
GOD’S WAY IS:
Unique because its concept is absolutely alien to the natural man.
Magnanimous: (“elevated above what is low, mean, or ungenerous. Exhibiting nobleness of soul.”)
Effective: in volume (“heap”); in intensity (“coals of fire"); and in exposure (“upon his head”).
Rewarding: (in four distinct ways):
1. A clear conscience before God because you have been obedient to God’s will as set forth in Romans 12:21: “Be not overcome by evil. But overcome evil with good.” An enhanced respect for one’s self
2. Greater respect from your fellowman.
3. A heavenly reward: “…and the Lord will reward you.” “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted the prophets so were before you,” Matthew 5:12
4. It is God-honoring because it leaves judgment and punishment in the hands of God. Paul made this quite clear when he wrote: “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saithe the Lord.” Romans 12:19.
DEAR CHRISTIAN FRIEND, DO YOU NOT AGREE THAT THE CHRISTIAN WAY TO PUNISH YOUR ENEMIES IS FAR MORE EFFECTIVE….AND CHRIST-HONORING….THAN TAKING JUDGMENT INTO YOUR OWN HANDS?
John 13:35 “By this people will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”
Local kitchen is 'cooking with love' and emerging as the Red Cross Emergency Center for Marshall County, Kentucky
Written by Liz Latta
Marcella's Kitchen's mission statement: Founded on unity, love, and acceptance. Marcella's Kitchen exists to unite a community of believers to be Christ's hand extended by loving and providing meals for those in need.
Marcella's Kitchen in Benton, Kentucky is a community kitchen that serves thousands of meals every month to those in need. After relocating the nonprofit organization to 868 Guy Mathis Drive, they've added another 'community program' to it's resume' namely, the official Red Cross Emergency Center for Marshall County.
The founder of Marcella's Kitchen, Marcella Perkins said the organization received money from the Marshall County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and the Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation. With the funds, Marcella's Kitchen bought a generator that can hold 325 gallons of diesel fuel and power which will operate the facility for approximately a week in case of emergencies.
Not only does the generator help Marcella's Kitchen become the new Red Cross Emergency Center but so does the new building. One side of the room could be used to set up cots while the other remains the kitchen and dining area. Emergency preparedness could be anything from a natural disaster to a an apartment fire.
Some volunteers for the community kitchen will have special training with the Red Cross next year. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 22, 2020 to inaugurate the new facilities' opportunity.
Since the pandemic, the nonprofit has more than tripled the number of meals served each month. Two years ago, they served 1,600 meals a month. Now it's closer to 5,000.
Meals served include home-bound deliveries and students at the Marshall County Exceptional Center. Deliveries have almost increased ten-fold. The community kitchen will continue on with their role as a kitchen feeding those in need and will add the new emergency center responsibilities.
Since the shuttering of businesses in March, Marcella's Kitchen closed in-person dining. Instead, the community receives prepared meals through a drive-thru service at the front entrance for meal pickup. They are open Monday through Friday 11 am to 1 pm.
If you would like to donate or volunteer for the community kitchen, reach out to Marcella's Kitchen through their Facebook page.