MEMORISE: See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. – 1 Thessalonians 5:15
READ: Matthew 5:43-47 (KJV)
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 5-6
When you find a professing Christian, who pays evil with evil, you have found a pretender. Real children of God radiate love, even to the enemies. In fact, Jesus said that is how you would know the difference between a child of God and an unbeliever.
“46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?” – Matthew 5:46-47
Forgive everyone who hurts you, be it your spouse, colleague, boss, pastor or children. Never pay evil with eviI; forgive.
God says you should not repay evil with evil because He is concerned about the state of your heart. Matthew 7:17-18 says only evil trees can produce evil fruits while good trees produce only good fruits. When you repay evil with evil, you are bearing evil fruits and that means the devil now has a place in you. Since light and darkness cannot co-exist, then it means the Lord has no place in you anymore. God forbid.
So, how should a Christian respond to someone who has done evil to him or her?
“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.” – Proverbs 25:21-22
The Bible passage quoted above says you should respond to evil by showing love. The more love you show the person hurting you, the more trouble you are causing the person if he or she doesn’t change for good. The Bible say you are heaping coals of fire on such a person’s head. On the other hand, God will reward you for showing love even to your enemies. Just as a part of our topic for today was cancelled, cancel any idea of repaying evil with evil from your mind permanently.
Always show love.
Father, give me the grace to show love even to my enemies in Jesus’ name.