Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody (Romans 12:14-16 The Message).
Romans 12:14-21 by Frank Ball
Romans 12:14-21 The Message
Romans 12:14-21 Jubilee Bible
Romans 12:14-21 In Your Bible
In the last section of Romans 12, Paul addresses the importance of God’s perspective on how to react to tough circumstances or relationships. We know he has the best in mind for those who trust in him.
Keep it in God’s Hands
Believers are not to argue nor retaliate with those who mistreat or create strife for you. Now the hard part – if at all possible. . .Do your best to live peaceably with everyone (Romans 12:18b by Frank Ball). God alone can take vengeance, because he judges on his holiness and righteousness.
Move in the Opposite Spirit
The world system applauds seeking vengeance or responding with evil for the evil. However Paul has a different approach . . . Do not be wise in your own opinion. Not repaying anyone evil for evil; procuring [getting hold of] that which is good not only in the sight of God, but even in the sight of all men (Romans 16b,17 Jubilee Bible -JUB).
The Jubilee Bible rendering brings God’s view, not just that of man. We need to get hold of how God wants us to respond in difficult times. Remember, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would be a Helper to us. Alleluia.
God desires us to be amazingly different – as Jesus was. Yes, it is possible. You can do what Jesus would do when confronted with evil. How? Let kindness and love reverberate in the believer’s main mode of operation. Read again in your Bible Romans 12:19-21.
Sarah Young, the author of Jesus Calling says this, “Thank Me [Jesus] when things do not go your way, because spiritual blessings come wrapped in trials.” *
Prayer: Father, thank you for your perspective on vengeance. I need your help in keeping kindness my focus in tough times.
Questions: How do you deal with people who make things difficult for you – when you know you are correct in your perspective? How do you “turn the other cheek?”
*Jesus Calling, Enjoying Peace in His Presence, Sarah Young, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, 2004, p.25.