Thursday, July 21, 2016

Overcome Evil with Good – Part 2 - Turn the Other Cheek

Romans 12:9-21 “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

According to Oswald Chambers, Matthew 5:39-48 says that when you are mistreated and someone slaps you, turn the other cheek. These verses reveal the humiliation of being a Christian ... to obey Him in everything He taught. Retaliation from a heart of vengeance and retribution is the natural response of the sinful nature we inherited from Adam. However, turning the other cheek this is the response of Christ in you. When you are insulted, make it an occasion to manifest the love of God. When you've been cheated, count it all joy because this is the disposition of Christ himself. You cannot imitate the disposition of Jesus ... either you have it or you don't. 

Turn The Other Cheek Picture by Phenenas - Inspiring Photo

To commit yourself to be God's ambassador, put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ ... clothed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. Therefore, bless them that persecute you and despitefully use you, bless and curse not, for great is your reward in heaven – Luke 6:28. Others are not your enemy. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness from above. Humiliation is an opportunity and an occasion to show the love of God in manifestation. To insist on my "human rights" is to insult the Son of God. However, turning the other cheek proves that humility is the response of Christ in me. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ...for it is the power of God unto salvation – Romans 1:16. To those who are “born again”, it is the sweet spelling savor of life unto life. Fighting the fire of evil with evil fire in return is not the solution.  Recompense to no man evil for evil – Romans 12:17

Fight evil hatred with the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation. Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good – Romans 12:21.

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ, Michael

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