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:
- To return evil for good. That is devilish.
- To return evil for evil. That is human.
- 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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