Principle: Never Repay Evil with Evil
Sermon shared by John Newbaker
Summary: The rest of the passage here in Romans 12 has to do w/ our r/ship w/ those who harass us, irritate us, insult us, persecute us, and want to hurt or harm us. When others curse us, belittle us, berate us, and insult us we are not to return the favor. V17 s
Audience: Believer adults
Title: Practicing the Principles of Romans 12 in 2012
The rest of the passage here in Romans 12 has to do w/ our r/ship w/ those who harass us, irritate us, insult us, persecute us, and want to hurt or harm us.
The word bless is mentioned 2 xs in this 1verse. We are to bless those who persecute us; bless and curse not.
The original word translated bless is the word we get our English word eulogy. The minister at a funeral will give a eulogy of the deceased. It means to speak well of.
When others curse us, belittle us, berate us, and insult us we are not to return the favor. V17 says do not repay evil for evil.
Why are we not to repay evil for evil? I can think of a few reasons.
First, because the Bible teaches us not to.
V17 says do not repay evil for evil
Jesus taught us in Matt 5:43-45Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shall love thy neighbor, 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 makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”
We are not to repay evil for evil because Jesus tells us to love our enemies. Bless those who curse us. Do good to them the hate you and pray for those who persecute you.
First, we not to repay evil for evil because the Bible teaches us not to.
Secondly, we are not to repay evil for evil because we are different. Jesus says this will prove that we are the children of God.
Matt 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Children of God are peace makers. When we curse those who curse us that’s not making peace.
We are to seek to be at peace with everyone.
Living the principles of Romans 12 sets us apart from others. it shows that we are different, a holy nation, a peculiar people.
In a parallel passage he says, “Love your enemies, do good to them who hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them who despitefully use you. And unto him that hits you on the one cheek, offer also the other; and him that takes away thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asks of thee; and of him that takes away thy goods, ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them. For if ye love them who love you, what thanks have ye? For sinners also love those who love them. And if ye do good to them who do good to you, what thanks have ye? For sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is