Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written,
“Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” saith the Lord.
Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink.”
“For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:17-21 (NKJV)
“Vengeance is mine,” saith the Lord. As I began writing this devotional, God put it in my heart to start with that verse. “But God,” I said, “I am writing about being confident.” “Trust me,” He said. Several years ago I learned that I must be confident in God by trusting him. Although my prayers were constant and I attended church as much as possible, my life was spiraling out of control. My prayers were not being answered when and how I thought they should be. One night I dropped to my knees, pleading with God, “Why can’t I fix my life, show me what I am doing wrong?” Very confidently God sent me this message, “I am the only one who can fix your life.”
“Repay no one evil for evil.” Although I was being a nice person when I was praying and attending church, the rest of my time was spent fighting the evil that was tearing apart my life. While I was repaying evil with evil I had allowed it to become a part of me and affect my life.
“Overcome evil with good.” I turned my life over to God and put my confidence in Him to make my life what He wanted it to be. Through my prayers God helped me realize it was necessary for me to become a positive person. Since positivity breeds goodness, I made a conscious effort to always be positive.
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” It took many months of practice before thinking positively became natural. Finding good in others made me realize I had allowed the evil that surrounded me to tear my life apart. It was up to me to keep peace in my heart so I could live peaceably with others.
“Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.” When you seek goodness, others are able to see your appreciation of their goodness. That appreciation causes others to strive to show their good traits. Let the goodness in your life reflect your confidence in God.
“Precious Father, I give my life to you. Show me the way Lord, let me become a vessel in your care. Provide the confidence I need to put my life in your hands. In Jesus‘ precious name, Amen.”
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