October 31, 2013
“But overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
This summarizes the verses from Romans 12:17-21.
What evil do you see today close at hand?
What good can you do to overcome it?
October 17, 2013
“On the contrary: ‘If you enemy is hungry, feed him” Romans 12:20
The next few croutons are a quote from Proverbs 25:21-22.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.
What is this advice “on the contrary” to?
Does this proverb promise reconciliation? What does it promise?
October 22, 2013
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil.” Romans 12:17
Note that “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth” was not for individual revenge, but for justice to be proportional. Even so Jesus refined our understanding on repayment and revenge.
Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.