Doing what's right
For the last couple of weeks we have opened the front door wide open to the topic of reconciliation. Each week we've gone to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, and we've discovered that the cross of Jesus is the hardware or the instrument not only of our reconciliation with God but also of our reconciliation with one another.
I want you to open your Bibles to Romans 12. This is a pivotal chapter in the Book of Romans. In the first 11 chapters, Paul has talked about the experience and the encounter of the Cross, and in the last several chapters, he turns his attention to the effects of the Cross—how we live with the Cross as it affects our lives. Paul begins chapter 12 with the words "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters …." As you look back to the mercies of God and the Cross of Jesus Christ, he's saying, this is how you're supposed to live. In Romans 12:17-21, Paul gives us some very important principles regarding reconciliation. Hear the Word of God:
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 at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear 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.
Try to do what is right.
What Paul writes in this passage is really rich, and in this passage I want you to see some principles regarding inter-personal conflict. The first principle that we see in this passage is kind of a preemptive ...
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David Daniels is pastor of Pantego Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and co-founder and executive board member of Beta Upsilon Chi (Brothers Under Christ), a national Christian fraternity.