“Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12: 21

We continue our study of the Book of Romans.  This is a very detailed letter written by Paul to those who had been led to Christ while in Jerusalem for Pentecost.  There were Jews and Gentiles in the Church, and Paul wanted them to know the things that were theirs as they walked together with Christ.  

His purpose in the letter was to define what they had in grace as they walked with the Lord, as compared to what they were required to do in the Law.  He wanted them to know the freedom that was now theirs to worship the Lord, have a personal relationship, and rejoice in His Fellowship.  So different in Grace rather than in Law.  
As we pick up at verse 19, of Chapter 12, we find Paul giving an example of the differences between the Law, and Grace.   He said:
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written : ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.’  On the contrary: if your enemy is hungry, feed him, if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’  
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  (Romans 12: 19-21)
In the Law, it was common to apply what had been done to you, to what you would do in return.  “An eye for an eye.”  In Grace, Paul was saying, we have a different way to handle things when someone hurts us.  He said if my enemy is apparently hungry, instead of trying to hurt him back, feed him.  If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  They will certainly not understand why you are doing this, and it will be mind confusing to them.  He is saying we do not try to bring God’s wrath upon the person, we give it to the Lord, and let Him decide how to handle the situation.  We are not negatively impacted by whatever may have happened when we do that.  We look at that person as someone who needs help.   We do not try to hurt them, we offer to help them.
This of course is not the way most people respond, but that is what separates us from the world.  As Paul says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Have a wonderful day as you walk with our Lord of Love, and Grace, Beloveds of God.  In Him is magnificent glorious Grace, and Unconditional Love.  Let us continually enjoy His Presence in us, and be open to all this brings into our lives.  Let us let it flow to those in our life.  You are so divinely Loved.  Enjoy.?


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