Tonight I was reading through Romans 12 and it resonated with my soul and was applicable to many things in my life, and others as well.
As young adults, and as humans in general, there is always drama somewhere. Sometimes it’s small and is over with as soon as it begins, but sometimes it’s life altering and relationships can be lost. Recently, I’ve lost quite a few relationships and instead of being mature and acting like the Lord instructs us I combated hate with hate, gossip with gossip, and subtweet with subtweet. I knew in my heart it was wrong but I thought it would make me feel better and make me the “winner” but all it did was make me feel worse with every rude comment and hateful retaliation.
I’m no theologian and I haven’t studied Romans 12 very much, but I think the reason I felt so crummy was because I was trying to get revenge that wasn’t mine.
“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.”
God says if someone has wronged you don’t worry about plotting your revenge or your next subtweet or cryptic post because it’s His revenge anyway. But instead of hating them, love them.
On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
When God said not to overcome evil with evil I don’t think He was just trying to give us one more thing to follow but I think He knew that it would only leave us unhappy, unjoyful, and unsatisfied. He knew spewing words of hate would lead to regret rather than fulfillment.
If I had to sum up the entire passage in one phrase it would be this: God’s got you.
I thank the Lord that He’s on my side, and I hope you will know and put your faith in the fact that He’s on yours too!
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