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 doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21
How does the Christian know if they are stewing in hurt, anger, resentment or even revenge?
When after reading or hearing God’s Word it isn’t applied or even attempted.
Now let’s all say it together. “I’m guilty. I’m human. And I’m a Christian.”
Are we hardwired to let things fester and boil over? To seek repayment instead of application?
I read these verses and think, ‘my part, His part.’ Responsibility and repayment. Wrong and what He will make right. But it’s our choice. Our opportunity. We are asked to cool (calm) down when we want personal payback. To place principle above pride. To take application not aim.
The Christian (in this life) is ever building on effort and opportunity to take God at His Word. And not to the point of becoming self-righteous but to the on looking of God. Continuously in His Word He tells us He is watching (over) us and for us to fixate ourselves on Him.
The Christian at his or her best will stumble not out of grace but into it, more and more. Missed opportunities will never disqualify us but they should motivate us to look up and not around or even within.
The choices the Christian makes or endures will always be wrapped in God-given opportunities. To giving an account of God’s steadfastness and our own surrender (to Him and His Word).
Tender mercies and love come from God. God’s hand (and heart) is extended to us through Christ Jesus. And we can no more offer it to others if we ourselves don’t (or won’t) live our lives in application.
Scripture tells us in John 6:35, ‘Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
You and I as Believers have taken Jesus up, if you will, on the free offering of Himself. Our spiritual palate has been filled with everlasting bread and thirst-quenching water forevermore.
So for us to do the same for an enemy; feed him or her; give drink to them is an opportunity to give unto God all the glory and satisfaction.
Jesus overcame the world that you and I might fill it with goodness.
So let’s go Christians, look to the God of opportunities for opportunities!
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