Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Overcome Evil With Good

A friend of mine had been wronged by another person.  What was surprising to me was how well he was dealing with what had happened to him.  When I asked my friend how he was going to handle the situation he replied, "George, I don't get mad; I get even."

That's often our first response, isn't it, when someone has slandered us or taken advantage of us or has hurt us in some way.  We'd like to pay them back and make them feel the pain that we've suffered.  We'd like for them to know a sleepless night or an upset stomach or a throbbing headache.  We even begin to think that we won't really be happy until we've gotten some kind of revenge. 

The apostle Paul knew what it was like to have his service to the Lord be criticized and condemned.  He know what it was like to suffer punishment for no good reason.  He knew what it was like to be on the run from enemies and their evil plans.  If anyone ever had a reason to "get even" it was Paul.

That's what makes chapter 12 of his letter to the Romans so amazing to me.  He encourages his readers (and that includes you and me) to "bless those who persecute you," and "do not repay evil for evil."  Easily said but how do we manage to suppress our desire to get revenge? Only through the power of the Lord who enables us to set aside worldly patterns and "be transformed by the renewing of your mind."  Ask the Holy Spirit to continue His transforming power in Your life so that you might become a "living sacrifice" who continually seeks God's will for your life.

Have a blessed day!