Kindness is thrown away upon the evil. (Aesop’s Fables)

Really? That’s certainly a human sentiment. We never just want to get even; we always want to get back in a much stronger way. The Old Testament principle of “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” isn’t enough for us. But Jesus taught something far different, didn’t he? “Turn the other cheek”; “go the second mile.” We must show kindness to others (Romans 12:8).

If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you (Proverbs 5:21-22).