conquering an enemy's heart
Proverbs 16:7 (GW)
When a person's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
The years of separation did not heal the wedge between them. He deceived his brother. He stole his brother’s inheritance—his social and economic future. He had to leave home to spare himself from his brother’s violent anger. But now, he wanted nothing but being reconciled with him
Some twenty years prior, while escaping from Esau, Jacob met God. He committed himself to him and God blessed him. Now, he is coming to his brother in obedience to God’s command. Frightened, he sought God’s protection the night before he would meet His brother for the first time since he left. He did not let God go until He blessed him. The next morning, God surprised Jacob with what happened: “Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept” (Genesis 33:4).
While his may not happen all the time, we know that the way to make our enemies potentially live at peace with us is to please God. It happened with Jacob with Laban, Jehoshaphat with the kings surrounding him, and the Church with Saul.
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