Well, I have arrived at the next aspect of love as described by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:5. Anger can be a root of various kinds of wrongdoings. Some violent attacks have been a result of personal provocation.
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay.’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:17-19/NIV).
It is good for a Christian to leave things to God. He knows better. He is able to judge over big and small. He is righteous. The day is coming when he will judge all mankind.
We don’t have to avenge ourselves. It is for us to look to God and live godly lives. Revenge very often involves some wrongdoing. If others do not care about right and wrong, we better do.
“On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” (Romans 12:20/NIV).
Life was not as highly organised in those days as it is in many Western countries today. Suppose somebody was travelling the desert, for days he may not have had access to water or to food as he would normally like to. Those people knew what it meant to be really hungry or thirsty. In such a condition it could be easier than otherwise to attack somebody and take revenge.
Yet Paul here says a Christian ought not to be blinded by wrath. Helping even an enemy in his extremity is a good and godly thing. By such practical love even an enemy might be caused to rethink his hostile attitude towards a Christian.