Romans 12:17-18, 20 NIV 2011
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 in peace with everyone.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Paul was a passionate servant of Christ. His words to the church in Rome reflected His passion for the cause of Christ. He wanted absolutely nothing to get in the way of non-believers coming to faith in Jesus Christ. His letters were consistent. 1 Peter 3:9, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.” Jesus preached living in peace. Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” James 3:18, “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” Passionately pursuing Christ by doing what’s right produces goodness and peace.
In our home growing up, my mother always said, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” We were raised to do the right thing. Between that and growing up in the church, my moral compass knows true north. Walking with Jesus, I’ve learned to live in peace as a follower of Jesus Christ. There have been times I’ve been known to get frustrated when I loose sight of God’s Truth and something leads me astray. Passionately pursuing Christ daily produces goodness and peace.
What are you passionately pursuing today?
Feeling His peace and goodness,