Verse of the Day


"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my 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


Today's Devotional Thought

November 02, 2009 by Wendy Foreman



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Peacemaker

Have you been hurt by someone that you have trusted and loved? Not just hurt, but you felt like that person was evil and intentionally hurting you. The Lord showed me these verses in the last few days and I have been searching and praying that I would rise above the people in my life who have hurt me. I have been reading a commentary on these verses and it has been very interesting. These verses tell us that if it is possible, live at peace with everyone. Now, notice it says “if it is possible.”

There are relationships in our lives that it may seem impossible to live in peace. Let me say, though, that we should not be doing things to create contention in these relationships, we need to be the ones trying to keep peace. I know this is difficult. I have several relationships in my life where I feel like I am the one attempting to keep peace and always being trampled on and not really cared about. The Lord has convicted me and revealed to me that I need to remove myself, stop being self-absorbed, and see these people through the eyes of Jesus. I know this is a hard concept. We need to be Jesus focused and not self focused.

These verses continue on to say that the Lord will avenge. It is not our place to get revenge on the people that have hurt us. When we remove ourselves (not being self-absorbed) and leave it to the Lord, then we leave it wide open for Him to execute His judgment. When we continue on, the verses tell us to feed our enemies if they are hungry and give them drink if they are thirsty. Now I like these verses because by doing these things (meeting their needs) we do heap burning coals on their heads, they will wonder why we are being so kind and we are then displaying Christ’s love and doing our best to bring peace to the relationship. My prayer is that by displaying kindness they will feel conviction for what they have said or done that has been so hurtful.

Ladies, I know that many of you have been hurt by someone very close to you and hearing what I am saying is difficult. Our first reaction is to lash out and hurt them back. When we do that, how does it really make us feel? Maybe at first you feel justified and okay with it. Eventually though, it will eat at you and you will know in your spirit that you failed to show Christ’s love. I like to take it back to all that Christ faced. He was betrayed by one of his own disciples. Judas was with him from the beginning of His ministry. Jesus died for Judas just the same as He died for us. Did Jesus once lash out at those who hurt Him or mocked Him? He didn’t. We are Christ followers and if we have accepted Him, our job is to mirror Him in all that we do in life. We must overcome evil with good. We have been called to show love, Christ’s love, to everyone, including our enemies.

My prayer for you today is that you will stand up and realize that you need to be the one to strive for peace in those troubled relationships. I promise you that you will feel better striving for peace then striving for revenge.


Memorize this verse today:

"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my 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



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