Monday, April 21, 2014

Overcoming Evil; Do Good!

"Do not take revenge, my dear 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, they will be ashamed at what they have done to you.” 
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." 

Romans 12:19-21 

The worst response to betrayal is to give in to vengeance. It is the natural response of our flesh, of the old man, of our old sinful nature. 

The wisest response to betrayal is to move in the opposite spirit. To move in goodness towards that person. To "do" something good and loving for them. 

God has the strategy in how we might do this! Simply ask Him how you can begin to bless and release the life and love of Jesus Christ into that person with whom you might have conflict. 

If God has allowed this season or this adversity for you - then he is developing the fragrance of blessing into your life. He wants to teach you a powerful truth of the nature of blessing. 

Trust God to be the righteous judge over this wrong in your life. 

Trust Him to do in the hearts what only He can do. He can harden a man's heart and He can soften it through simple acts of goodness.

Think of one difficult person. Think of that one person who has broken your heart. How can you (and I) - move in goodness towards them - in what we pray and in what we do? Ask God for His strategy to bring His life and His love to them.

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