Romans Lesson 23 Day 5

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13. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

An old, widely used phrase expressing the sentiment that revenge that is delayed, and executed well after the heat of anger has dissipated, is more satisfying than revenge taken as an immediate act of rage. (Urban Dictionary)

Ways of the world

  • White lies are okay.
  • Blatant lies are okay when necessary.
  • If someone cuts you off, get them back.
  • People embezzle money from the place where they work or from the church they pastor.
  • When your spouse or romantic interest cheats on you, it’s okay to cheat on them.
  • Who cares if you make fun of and exclude the weird kid? Everyone does it.
  • If you get ignored and picked on at school, it’s okay to go back with weapons. They deserved it.
  • Counselors take advantage of the emotionally vulnerable.
  • Caregivers lose their tempers and abuse children or the elderly.
  • Husbands abuse their wives.
  • Wives harass their husbands.
  • Companies misrepresent their merchandise.
  • Pride
  • Self-pity
  • Complaining

My temptations

The last three items on the list

14. The one who learns to love has fulfilled every requirement of the law. (Romans 13:8 TPT)

Abraham generously and selflessly offered Lot first choice when the land was no longer large enough to sustain their flocks. Lot’s situation didn’t turn out well.

Joseph

  • He didn’t attempt to “turn in” Potiphar’s wife.
  • Nor did he sit in his prison cell and pout.
  • He didn’t have his brothers executed on the spot.
  • Joseph prospered wherever he was.
  • God gave him the ability to interpret dreams.
  • Joseph was promoted to the highest position in Egypt second only to Pharaoh.

I wrote about David in Day 4.

15. Love your enemies.

Treat them better than they deserve.

Overcome evil with good.

If your enemy is hungry, give them something to eat.

And if your enemy is thirsty, give them something to drink.

Is the heaping coals of fire on his head something good in the eyes of our enemy or is it something bad? It most likely refers to a “burning conviction” that our kindness places on our enemy. Or, some think it refers to the practice of lending coals from a fire to help a neighbor start their own – an appreciated act of kindness. (Guzik)

I think heaping coals of fire represents the second meaning. Like food and water, fire was a necessity — a source of heat and means to cook food

Do not avenge yourselves:

The one who trusts in God will not think it necessary to avenge themselves. They will leave the issue of vengeance to God, and give place to wrath – giving no place to their own wrath, and a wide place to God’s wrath.

Paul quotes Deuteronomy 32:35

Vengeance is mine, and recompense,
    for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
    and their doom comes swiftly.

16. How to love our enemies

  • Love Jesus above all else.
  • Remember the Golden Rule.
  • Do not retaliate with evil. (Romans 12:17 Voice)
  • Never hold a grudge or try to get even. (Romans 12:17 TPT)
  • Bless those who curse you.
  • Pray for those who mistreat you.
  • If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. (Luke 6:27-29)
  • Do your best to live as everyone’s friend. (Romans 12:18 TPT)
  • Don’t be conquered by the evil one, but conquer evil through union with the good One. (Footnote on Romans 12:21 TPT)
  • Remember that God forgave us.
  • Rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.

Overcome evil with good: With this mind-set, we will do good to our enemies, looking for the most practical ways we can help them. This is the way we are not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Luke 6:27-29 But to those of you who will listen, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone takes your cloak, do not withhold your tunic as well. (NIV)


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