Do Not Render Evil for Evil

It is human nature for someone to want to strike back at someone when they are offended. I didn’t say it is the right thing to do, but MM900043730usually the  first thing a person wants to do is get even. No one likes to be mocked, ridiculed or hurt by someone else. One thing that a Christian must work on is self control. They should present themselves to others as a Christian and not as someone who is worldly.  Christians should not retaliate against others but have forgiveness. Lets look at examples in the Bible to show us how we should act.

  • Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
  • 1 Peter 3:9 says, “Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”
  • James 4:11 says, “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.”
  • James 3:2 says, “2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”
  • Romans 12:19 says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

God is just and he is the judge of all men. I did not say we could not be angry for the sake of the gospel, but we should watch our actions.  We are to be angry because of the sins of the world and stand up for what is right, but we are not to retaliate by doing something that is wrong.

If you are a Christian and stand for the name of the Lord, you will have persecution.  Anyone that is righteous will be persecuted, mocked and ridiculed because they are living for Christ.  Satan does not like it when a Christian does things for the name of the Lord.  He will use every means possible to try to discourage you or prevent you from doing God’s will.  He will use family, friends, other believers to discourage you.  He will cause jealousy to rise in others because of your work for the Lord.  Ephesians 6:13-15 says, “ Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

1 Peter 4:14 says, “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”

Psalm 39:1 says, “I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me.”

Reblogged from 2013.

About Tracy K

I am a born again believer who has taught Sunday School, Women's Meetings and written blogs and books for the purpose of the ministry. My sole purpose is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus, the son of God, died on a cross for the sins of the whole world. I believe he arose after three days and now sits on the right side of God in Heaven. I believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Without Jesus, there is no remissions of sins:
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1 Response to Do Not Render Evil for Evil

  1. Tracy K says:

    Reblogged this on Godly Witnesses For Christ and commented:

    Today we participated in a craft show for the holidays. As soon as we got to the location we noticed that other people were setting up their crafts in our spot. So we approached them in a calm manner asking them if they were sure they were in the right location. With a quick snap of the tongue they were very rude and upset that I would dare ask them anything. I showed them a map of where the vendors were suppose to be. Lets just say they were not happy that they had to move. I would have gladly took another place, but I needed to know where to put my things. I was calm, polite and trying to ask politely, but was snapped out by the other vendors. Finally after seeing the map they moved their items to the correct location.
    The thing is that we should never try to be hostile in our response to others. As a Christian we need to watch our tongue. Deep down I just wanted to snap back and say, that I wasn’t the one who put my stuff in the wrong spot. Instead I held my tongue and said that I would move, but needed to know what location they were suppose to be at.
    Sometimes it isn’t necessary what you say to people, sometimes people are a little quick and hasty to lash out at others. To show that there wasn’t any resentment on my part, I bought one of their items later in the day.

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