Returning Good for Evil

September 8 | Taken from a message by Adrian Rogers

First Peter 3:8-9 says, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”

There are three levels of living:

  1. To return evil for good. That is devilish.
  2. To return evil for evil. That is human.
  3. To return good for evil. That is divine.

Christians are not to return evil for evil. But sometimes our minds tell us we need to get even.

I heard of a lady that went to the doctor. The doctor examined her and then got a serious look on his face. She asked him what was wrong and he said, “I hate to tell you this, but you have rabies.” Well, she got out a notebook and started to make out a list. He said, “What are you doing? Making your will?” She said, “No, I’m making a list of people I’m going to bite.”

That’s the human nature in us. But the Bible says that we are not to return evil for evil.

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