But Overcome Evil With Good

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Will - Romans 12:19-21 - But Overcome Evil With Good - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – Romans 12:19-21 – But Overcome Evil With Good – Growing As Disciples

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 12:19-21 (NIV)

Your Enemy

How have you responded to your enemies? What have you done for those who have done evil against you? Well, I have often brainstormed how I might get even with them. I have considered how I might repay them for every evil that they have done against me. Have you spent a lot of time thinking these kinds of thoughts? I am embarrassed to admit how much time I have wasted imagining what do to those who have hurt me. Have you found thoughts of payback and revenge to be helpful and healthy? Thinking thoughts of payback and revenge have been nothing more than a large waste of time. Why is that? I can’t think of one time that I actually paid someone back or took revenge against them. You just day dreamed about payback and taking revenge against evil that was done against you? That’s right. That is a big waste of time. 

I want you to take a far different approach to those who have done evil against you. What’s that? You are going to like this, I think. I can’t imagine that. You like to brainstorm. You like to day dream. You like to think through scenarios. You like to think about future possibilities of your actions. Yes, I do like to do all those things. Well, I want you to do all those things toward an enemy that has done something to hurt you. I’m already doing that. Yes, I know. But, you are doing all those things with an evil intent of paying them back and seeking revenge. That’s true. I want you to do just the opposite. Like what?

Imagine that one of your strongest enemies became your best friend. That’s hard to imagine. Stay with me. How would you try to turn one of your strongest enemies into one of your best friends? I would begin to brainstorm how I could do good things for them. Then I would look for any and every opportunity to follow through and actually do good things for them. That’s good. What else? I would pray for them continually. That’s also very good. Why would you be willing to do good things toward your enemy? Why would you be willing to continually pray for them? I would do good things for my enemy and pray for them because that is what you are asking of me. That’s right. If you do what I am asking of you, then you may not only have an enemy as a best friend but you might have them as a brother of sister. Wouldn’t it be amazing if your enemy joined you in heaven because of the way that you allowed me to work in and through your life? That would be amazing. Start doing good things for your enemy as you pray for them. Yes, Lord, I will.

Lord, I have sought revenge. I have wanted to pay back others for evil done against me. Forgive me. I will make every effort to overcome evil by doing good. I will seek to turn enemies into friends by doing good things for them. Use me as your witness. Amen

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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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Overcome Evil With Good

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 63 - Romans 12:19-21 - Overcome Evil With Good - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 63 – Romans 12:19-21 – Overcome Evil With Good – Growing As Disciples

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 12:19-21 (NIV)

Revenge

That is such a bad idea. What is such a bad idea? It is a bad idea to take revenge. Why is that? It is one thing to be hurt and mistreated by an enemy. That is bad enough. That is evil. That is obviously no fun at all. No, it’s not. What is worse is to let evil overcome me. How so? If I think of elaborate ways to seek revenge or actually take revenge that is simply allowing myself to be overcome by evil. Why is that? Allowing my heart and mind and life to be focused on repaying evil with evil is not your will. You do not want my life to be focused on something so unhelpful and unproductive. Why is that? If I have a revengeful heart and mind and life, I will never be a witness for you in the world. I will never be able to bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. Getting caught up in revenge is just one more trick and trap of the devil to thwart the work that you want to do in me. Yes, it is.

I will tell you something that is far sweeter and more gratifying than taking revenge on an enemy. What’s that? Being kind to an enemy is far sweeter than taking any kind of revenge. How so? Nothing is more fun and joyful than to see a former enemy become a friend. By friend, I mean not only my friend, buy your friend. You want the kindness with which I treat enemies to draw them to you. I will never be a brighter witness for you than when I treat enemies with your love and kindness. That’s true. No one, except your followers, does that. The world expects every wrong to repaid with some form of revenge, whether it be small mistreatments or large unkind acts. So, loving my enemies with your love is one way I will be your witness in the world. It will be my regular pattern and practice to love my enemies with your love. I will pray and believe that one day they will become my and your friend.  That will be very good.

Lord, I have been hurt and mistreated by enemies. I must confess that I have allowed myself to become overcome by evil by thinking of elaborate ways to seek revenge. Forgive me. Now, I will do good to every former enemy. Turn them into to my good friends. Amen

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Overcome Evil With Good

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Character - Romans 12:21 - Overcome Evil With Good - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – Romans 12:21 – Overcome Evil With Good – Growing As Disciples

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

Doing Good

Don’t be overcome by evil. What does that mean? That is a better question than you realize. Why is that? How might you be overcome by evil? I’m not sure. Think deeply about that question. I might be overcome by evil by my reaction to it. You are on the right track. You don’t want me to respond to evil with my own evil actions. That is not how you responded to evil. No, it is not. You did not let evil define your identity. You did not let evil develop your thoughts. You did not let evil dictate your words. You did not let evil guide your actions. Evil had no power or authority over any of your thoughts, words or deeds. That’s right.

You want me to become like you. That’s true. You want me to respond to evil just as you responded to evil. You have set an example before me of how I can and should respond to evil. If I let evil define my identity, develop my thoughts, dictate my words or guide my actions I will be allowing myself to be overcome by evil. What’s is the harm of being overcome by evil? If I allow myself to be overcome by evil, I will not be able to be a witness for you is this world. I will think and speak and act like everyone else in the world. I will not shine brightly in the world for you. I will not bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. I will be a vessel that you cannot use. So, there is tremendous harm in my allowing myself to be overcome by evil. You got that right.

You won’t be able to simply resist being overcome by evil with your own efforts. That will not be an effective strategy for you. How should I respond to evil? That is another very good question. You must overcome evil by doing the good I will give you to do. When you are tempted to respond to evil with evil, do the good I will give you to do instead. Like what? The good that you will do in response to evil will depend on the person, place, time and circumstance. When you are wondering how to respond to a specific evil, ask for my help. Ask me to give you wisdom to wisely respond to evil with the good that I want you to do for me. Will you ask for my wisdom? Will you do the good that I ask you to do for me? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will not be overcome by evil. Then you will shine brightly in the world for me.

Lord, help me to have a radically different attitude about evil. Protect me from responding to evil with my own evil actions. Help me to continually do good so I will be able to powerfully overcome evil. Use me as a bright and shinning witness for you in the world. Amen

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