OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD
Rom 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Rom 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
The word of God instructs us to overcome evil with good.
This means that when we are offended by people, we should not retaliate but let God fight our battles.
The world expects us to react in a negative manner and show violence in words or actions when we are offended, but since we are called out of the world we should display Christ like attributes.
As long as we live in the world offences are bound to come; but we should avoid getting bitter and end up developing roots of bitterness and resentment in our hearts.
Do not fight with men; our fight is not against flesh and blood but against principalities that work and live inside people.
When a person is not saved and under the control of evil spirits, he or she will always offend people. We are instructed to do good to those who offend us.
If a person utters an insult; we are not supposed to insult them back but we are advised to speak something positive about them if they have one.
If you don’t see anything positive to say to that person it is recommended that you keep quiet and ignore the insult.
When you recompense evil for evil you develop grudges with people and you will not be living according to the will of God.
Grudges can bring someone to the judgment seat of Christ and if we have to avoid this horrible judgment that will befall this ungodly generation, we are to try as much as possible to live peaceably with all men, that is why the lord Jesus Christ told us to be forgiving so that our heavenly father can forgive us our sins.
If somebody wrongs you, do not defend and fight for yourself, this is how the children of the world behave, if someone offends you, leave it to God to avenge your adversaries on your behalf.
If you fight for yourself, God will not back you up, but if you are offended and you do good to the offending party, God will fight for you.
The word of God tells us that vengeance is of the Lord. This means that we should rely on God to fight our battles.
When people offend you; leave it up to God to fight your battles because He is our fortress, shield and defender.
The lord Jesus Christ was insulted by the Pharisees and He spoke nothing, neither did He try to defend Himself. Children of God are to follow the footsteps of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
We are also to follow the leadership of Christ and not fight back at insults but ignore them for we know the truth and we live under the instructions of the word of God.
Give your enemies food if they are hungry, give your enemies drink if they are thirsty, pray for those who hate you, and do good to those who despitefully use you and persecute you.
Let there be a contrast between light and darkness. If you recompense evil for evil both of you appear as children of the devil before a Holy God.
When a person is doing evil, you are recommended to do good deeds that show you are serving a Holy God.
Be a channel of humility where there is pride, be a channel of love where there is hatred, be a channel of light where there is darkness, be a channel of wisdom where there is ignorance, be a channel of peace where there is strife, do good to everyone so that people may marvel and glorify the father of lights.
When Jesus Christ was arrested by the soldiers who came with the chief priests; Peter struck one of the soldiers ears and Jesus Christ healed the soldier’s ear despite the fact that he was coming to arrest Him.
This tells us that we should do good to those who wrong us. Brethren in Christ Jesus let us not be overcome with evil, but let us overcome evil with good.
Overcome evil with good.
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