Be Kind, Be Strong...... May 24, 2020
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, " Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12: 17-21 ESV
Every Christian must take responsibility for their own actions. You cannot control the actions of others, but how you react as a Christian in difficult situations is a testimony of your trust of God in every circumstance of life. Do you really believe God is watching over you? Then it is your responsibility to God to do what He instructs when others are evil towards you. Christians should not to be vindictive but kind. Understandably this can be difficult at times because it is easier not to be kind; however, there are purposes for God’s instruction to the Christian involving every situation of life... even how to react when treated poorly.
Romans 12:17..... God wants us to be kind towards those who don't deserve it, because in doing so, it may cause them to see compassion in you. This is the way Jesus conducted Himself throughout the entire time of His suffering and crucifixion. Never confuse kindness with weakness! It takes a very strong person to do what is right in God’s sight rather than live by the logic of man. Remember what Jesus said, "Not my will, but yours be done." Luke 22:42 ESV Jesus honored His Father, and it changed the world and every person who now is a Christian.
Romans 12:18-20 ... God wants the Christian to have peace and not live with a burning rage within their hearts. Acts of kindness toward the person who has been unkind is for the purpose of hopefully bringing that person into a relationship with Christ or to restore a broken relationship. Many look at verse 20 as the way to get even or to bring satisfaction to ourselves by thinking, “ I’ll be kind, and you will get burning coals on your head.” If you translate this in this fashion, you have a mind set of getting revenge not being kind. Think of it in this way- in being kind towards that person you are heaping conviction of their action toward you upon them. This is the work of kindness not vengeance..... to desire to bring a person to Christ. Again, never mistake kindness for weakness.
Romans 12: 21 ... He does not want us to be overcome / conquered by evil. Do you believe someone owes you an apology? They may, but dwelling on the desired apology could cause you to be conquered by the evil done to you. The ability to overcome evil with good reveals the character of God in your life. It is freeing when, by grace, you control the situations of your life, and those situations do not control you. If you allow unfairness, rudeness, and obnoxiousness to rule your life, it will bring much satisfaction to Satan and his demons. It may, in most if not all situations, take much prayer for you to conduct yourself in a Christ-like manner toward those who have treated you unjustly; but when you do, you have become one who becomes more than a conqueror in Christ. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. Romans 8:37 ESV Remember, never mistake kindness for weakness.
Application: Is there some situation in your life that needs to be addressed based on the above teaching? Then .... 1. Make it a point to be kind to a person who has done you wrong. This may come in steps, but take the steps to move to where God would want you to be in life. This first step may be to pray for them... every time you have remembrance of them, pray for them... Remember Jesus prayed on the cross.... “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34 ESV
2. Study the Bible to seek scripture in battling the feelings or actions you may wish you could take. You need to replace your old thoughts with new thoughts concerning that situations. Scriptures as... Forgive each others; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13 ESV
3. Never believe this will be easy, for Satan will do all he can do to keep you in the bondage of hate. Keep battling and become strong in kindness
Because of His Grace~ Pastor David