Romans 12:17-21

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 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. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”


In the final part of this chapter in Romans we find the culmination of our duty toward those within the body of Christ. Paul encourages the Believer to treat each other in this way so that there would be no divisions among us (Ⅰ Corinthians 1:10). We cannot successfully do this until we first realize that we are all trying to get to the same place. We are all trying to get to heaven, so let us realize that and help each other get there. We should help each other rather than to push people down in our own effort to attain false righteousness upon others’ demise.


The apostle tells us to recompense no man with evil. Just be honest about the things that happen and be honest in all matters of life. Sometimes it is hard to be at peace with everyone, and sometimes you just can’t please everybody. So stop trying to please everyone and just try to live as peaceably as you can in Christ’s love. It is not in your ability to proclaim God’s judgment, but it is your responsibility to live as peaceably as you can and say, “Lord, thy will be done, not mine.”


Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote during his Nazi imprisonment, “We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”


The Christian life is a hard life to attain to, we are all struggling to live it. It cannot be accomplished apart from the Holy Spirit. In order to live like Paul is telling us we must first know God in a personal relationship, then He will come and change you. Why not help each other accomplish this?


Let the Holy Spirit come and live that life through you. Let the Lord show His attributes through you today, just surrender your all to Him and give Him the opportunity.


59-0403 - “Living, Dying, Buried, Rising, Coming”

Now, I believe in excitement, and shouting, and speaking in tongues, and—and Divine healing. I believe all those things. But that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about God, first. You can have that and not have God. Paul said you could. Jesus said many will come and saying they had it, confessing they'd it. But they didn't have this. See? That's where we're lacking. "I need love, Lord. I need Your Spirit in my heart to make me that kind of a person—tender, kind, gentle, humble, forgiving—that's what I want. And Lord, I'm bowing my head right before You now to say this, 'Lord, change my life right now. I open myself up,' and say, "Now, Lord, I'm nothing, but You change me."' It's got to be You. My emotions has brought me to this altar. But now it takes Your Spirit to change me. Come, do it, Lord. Come place in me that glorious longing." That's what it is.


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