Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.   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 12:17-21)

I read this..... I believe this...... yet, I can't seem to turn loose of evil thoughts of revenge and payback.  I get some comfort from the part that says "as far as it depends on you."  This tells me that if I'm doing my part to be peaceful, that's all that can be reasonably asked of me.  I can't do it on my own, try as I might.  It can only be accomplished with the help of the Holy Spirit.

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