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
Ps 145:9 “The LORD is good to all…” and so should we as his children.
Not only is our Heavenly Father our example of not repaying evil for evil bur also Jesus. Jesus is our example for doing good to those who seek our harm. While on the cross dying for our sins and the sins of those who nailed him there he said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. . . .” Right at the height of his pain and agony, He prays for his enemies.
The apostle Peter writing to some believers who were being mistreated because of their faith tells them it is better to be mistreated for doing right than for doing wrong.
He goes on to tell them that Christ is the example for this and his example is the one we are to follow. 1 Peter 2:20-23Peter says, "For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22 "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth"; 23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;”
When the Jewish and Roman leaders persecuted Him, He never retaliated. They slapped him, hit him, punched him, beat him and he never retaliated. He held his tongue. He held his temper.
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.
A third reason why we are not to repay evil for evil is the example of our Heavenly Father and the example of Jesus.
Last, we are not to repay evil for evil is because God will take care of that.
Peter says the reason why Jesus did not threaten when he was threatened was because he committed Himself to Him who judges righteously
Jesus knew it was not his place to repay evil for evil. He knew that was his father’s place.
So it is with us. When we are reviled, mistreated, insulted, in reality they are reviling/insulting the one we represent. Don’t take it personally.
God will repay those who mistreat us. He can do so much a better job than we can.
Deut 32:35 God says, “Vengeance is Mine, and I will repay; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.” God will repay them for their evil deeds. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but one day.
Deut 32:43 says, …For He will avenge the blood of His servants, And render vengeance to His adversaries…
Leave the repayment for your mistreatment to him.
What are we do? It is our job to pray. It is his job to repay.
V 20 says…. Take him out to lunch. That’ll show him you’re different. It’ll win him over to your side. He’ll wonder what makes you different and you can tell him and lead him to Christ. In the end this is what it is all about.
1 Thess 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but
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