14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To 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.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
I was reading Romans this morning and in verse 21 it struck me that when we respond to an attack with an attack we are letting evil overcome us. Just think back to a situation where you were treated wrongly and responded by treating the other party in a like fashion. Maybe you thought about it for days. Maybe you still are thinking about how they hurt you. Maybe it has turned into a deep resentment or burning anger. Is this part of being overcome by evil?
We are not Jesus but just think about where we would be if He had responded to evil done against Him with a vengeance and attack. We would not be here. Things would have ended long ago for the human race.
Trying to right wrongs done against you, can and have caused people their entire lives. All tangled up in bitterness. I believe Gods plan is better especially when I consider all of the people I have hurt or offended in my life. I deserve Gods wrath yet He shows me grace. Should I pass grace on to others or stop the flow with me?