Summary: Dealing with difficult people
Don't get even Get Faith
Paul shifts from how we are to act with the believer to how we are to act with the unbeliever and hostile people it is hard to try be at peace with men that are evil but the Lord says this is how we are to act in the mist of this cruel word that keeps to the old saying a tooth for a tooth instead of showing sacrificial l love the same way Jesus did for us on the cross of Calvary when he said father forgive them for they no not what they do.
The first thing we must not forget we have a higher calling than those who do not know the power of the Holy spirit that dwell on the inside of us.
Proverbs 3:4 (NKJV)
4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
Set the Atmosphere in your environment Christians should change how people very a situation by our presence the word Atmosphere means a prevailing emotional tone or attitude, especially one associated with a specific place or time
DONâ€™T LET THE ATMOSPHERE CHANGE YOU V 17
Proverbs 20:22 (NKJV)
22 Do not say, "I will recompense evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
1 Peter 3:9-12 (NKJV)
9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For "He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil."
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Donâ€™t let the Atmosphere cultivate you v 18
2. The believer is to demonstrate good behavior in the sight of all men. The word "provide" (pronooumenoi PWS: 3077) means to think before acting. The idea is this: when someone does evil against the believer, the believer is to think before he acts. He is to think and pray through his behavior. Why? So that he can respond in the right and proper way. The believer needs to do what is right and noble, and the only way to do it is to think the situation through.
Note another point, a critical point. Scripture clearly tells the believer why he is to respond this way: so that his honest and noble response is seen by men. In essence, the believer is to love by turning the other cheek to the evil doer in "the sight of all men." A strong testimony of God's love will then be seen by men.
Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Donâ€™t let the Atmosphere create a place for old you to show up v 19
Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.