Overcome Evil With Good

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 123 - Romans 12:17-21 - Overcome Evil With Good - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 123 – Romans 12:17-21 – Overcome Evil With Good – Growing As Disciples

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.  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.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21 (NIV)

What Is Right

Will you do that? Will I do what? Will you do what is right? I know you want me to always do what is right. Yes, I do. But do you have a specific context in mind right now? Is there some circumstance in which you want me to be particularly careful that I do what is right? Yes, I do. You have asked a very good question. What are your typical thoughts when someone has done some evil against you? I think about how I might seek revenge. I think about how I might get even. I think about how I might be able to inflict some pain and suffering on those who have hurt and harmed me. All these thoughts are a complete and total waste of your time and energy. Yes, they are without a doubt. Why are you agreeing with me so quickly and easily? I have thought these thoughts of revenge and pay back, but I can’t recall ever acting on them. So, these have been your thoughts but not your actions? Yes, that is generally correct, I think. Why think evil thoughts that you will never act on? Do you think there is some virtue in thinking evil thoughts but never acting on them? No, I’m sure that I should not dwell on evil thoughts, even though I will never act on them. But you do act on them, only not in the way you have been thinking. What do you do when someone has hurt or harmed you? I move on. I distance myself from anyone who has ever hurt or harmed me. Say what you do a little more clearly. Alright, the truth is, I cut them out of my life completely. I will never give them another opportunity to hurt or harm me again. Is that good? Is that right? Is that my desire for you? Is this my plan for your life? Would this be following my example? I’m not proud of the course of action I have taken. That’s good. 

What is good? What is right? How do you think I want you to respond to evil that has been done against you? You want me to repay evil with good. You want me to always do what is right. You want me to follow your example. What is my example? You repaid evil with good. You loved even those who hurt and harmed you. You loved your enemies. You overcame evil by doing good. Will you follow my example? Will you always do what is right? Will you repay evil by doing what is good? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I have been tempted to repay evil with evil. I have wanted to get even for the evil that was done against me. This is a foolish mistake. Help me to always repay evil with good. Help me to do what is right so that I will be able to overcome evil with good. Amen

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Live At Peace

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - Romans 12:18 - Live At Peace - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – Romans 12:18 – Live At Peace – Growing As Disciples

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 (NIV)

Depending On You

If it depends on me to live at peace with everyone I will need a lot of help from you. Why is that? I think you know that it does not come naturally for me to want to go out of my way to meet the needs of my enemies. I’m not at all used to blessing those who persecute me. I have not been like you. My life would not stand up to close examination, in such a way that others would think that I have done good to all people. I have wanted to get even with those who have hurt me. I have wanted to repay evil for evil. My love for others has not been completely sincere. I have not loved like you have loved. In fact, I have been filled with self-centered pride. In my conceit, I have not wanted to associate with people of low position. I have not fully invested my life in the lives of others. I have not mourned with those who mourn. I have not even rejoiced with those who rejoice. I ask you to forgive me of all these sins of mine. You are forgiven.  I do know that you need my help to be the person I have called you be. We both know that.

I am helping you to love like I love. I am helping you to do good to all people. You should know by now that I am changing your heart and transforming your mind. I am making you to be like me. You are no longer that self-centered person. You are looking out for the interests of others. You are mourning with those who mourn. You are rejoicing with those who rejoice. You are trying to do good to all people. You are willing to associate with people of all kinds. Are you a finished product? Is my work complete? Do you love perfectly? No, you do not. But, do not be discouraged. Be encouraged. I am molding and shaping you into the person that I have called you to be. You are a witness for me in the world. My light is shining in and through you. My work in you will continue. Keep on relying on me. Keep on following me. You will love like I love. You will give like I gave. You will live like I lived. Yes Lord, I will rely on you. Thank you for molding and shaping my life. Thank you for working in and through me. I will be encouraged as I follow you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I want to be like you. I will make it to be my goal to live in peace with everyone. I will bless those who have harmed me. I will go out of my way to meet the needs of my enemies. I will do what is right in the eyes of all so I can overcome evil with good. Amen

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