“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” (Rm. 12:17-21)
We are encouraged to do good so that people around us or who comes across us will aspire to do good.
The following advises were given in this quotation
• Repay no one evil for evil
• Have regard for good things
• Live peaceably with all men/women
• Do not avenge yourself but give place to wrath; however, your wrath must not result to sin
• Vengeance belongs to God
• Give food and drink to your enemy and
• Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
Let us use the case of Joseph to demonstrate how one could avoid paying evil for evil. Throughout the thirteen years he was separated from his people, while he was a slave in the house of Potiphar and when he was in jail for the sin he did not commit; he never thought in one day that he would revenge on his brothers for the harm they inflicted on him. He consistently lived his life in the fear of God.
The scripture states that the Lord is not interested in the death of any sinner but to repent from his/her sin. Our prayer for anyone who offended us should be for them to repent from their wickedness. However, if your offender refuses to repent, let God judge on your behalf. Why? As human being we see only in part and only those things we can see with our naked eyes. What goes on behind the scene can only be seen by our God who is omnipresent and omniscient. That is why the scripture say
“For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” (Heb. 10:30)
Humanly speaking, it is not easy for anyone to do what Apostle Paul prescribed, but if we understand what grace stands for, and what it means in the life of Christians; it empowers us to do those things that ordinarily will be difficult to do. Also, if we allow the in-filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives, it will empower us to obey and do the will of God. The scripture further states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13)
You can do without paying evil for evil if you decide to do so. Examining Joseph’s attitude throughout his ordeal for that thirteen years, we see the following that are worth emulating.
• Joseph lived his life in the fear of God
• Joseph was faithful in all that was committed to his charge
• Joseph exhibits a very high standard of personal behavior, putting up the right attitude.
• He ascribed his gift and success to God’s providence and he would not take credit for his ability
• He stays away from sin and sin delicacies
• He is forgiving and not vindictive against his brothers (enemies)
• He did not blame his predicament on any one but hopeful in God to overcome challenges of life one day.
Instead of thinking of revenge or paying evil for evil, why don’t you let God fight your battle, why don’t you let God be the judge?
Our Lord Jesus did not avenge for himself, instead, he prayed to the Father to forgive those that crucified him. This is exactly what we have to do if we want to be like Christ. You must not overlook a situation where you can be of a help even to your enemy (Exo. 23:4-5)
Let us have this in our mind that God accomplishes His purpose in our lives even through the evil perpetrated against us. If you find yourself in a situation that you are a victim of the evil done against you by some people, have a positive thinking, remain in the will of God and do not pay back evil for evil; the Lord will perfect His purpose for your life.
What is the reward for obeying this command? God will promote, elevate, bless and lift you above your adversaries.
You need to pray for grace and empowerment to obey and do the will of God.
Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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