A Heap of Hot Coals

Many of you know how much I’ve been simmering on the unprofessional and unethical behavior of a few people since March and how much I’ve hated it. Because I’m not supposed to hold grudges (See Ephesians 4:26).

Until I noticed a small mistake one of them made that, if not fixed right away, could cause them some embarrassment.

Yes, I considered saying nothing. A little payback or karma if you will. But then God kept whispering Proverbs 25:21-22 to me:

“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.”

So I resolved to be the better person and informed him of the error. He seemed grateful and fixed the issue in time.

My reward: When I saw him the next day, I felt no twinges of anger or irritation. I was able to give him a genuine smile and treat him with respect without having to force myself.

He seemed a bit startled by it, but no matter. By God freeing me from all that negativity, I no longer care how he receives my words or deeds.

Although, I do hope he felt the heat of the coal I heaped in his head, and that he will be a bit wiser in how he treats others in the future.

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