WINNING OVER AN ENEMY
The evangelist Watchman Nee tells the story of a Chinese Christian who owned a rice paddy. His neighbor was a communist. To irrigate his race paddy, the Christian pumped water manually out of a nearby canal. Each day, after the Christian had pumped enough water to fill his field, the communist would come out and remove some boards that kept water in the Christian’s field. In this way he flooded his own field without having to do any work.
The Christian was beside himself with rage. Not knowing where else to turn, he took his complaint to God. The Lord, hearing his prayer, gave him an answer. The next morning the Christian arose much earlier than usual and started pumping water into the field of his communist neighbor. Then he replaced the boards and pumped water into his own rice paddy. In a few weeks both fields of rice were doing well. Not only that, his communist neighbor became a Christian.
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:44-45).