Having experienced God's mercy, Christians should respond to opposition by blessing our enemies and resisting the natural urge to seek revenge. In this context, Romans 12:19-21 confronts us with a clear choice: will we be overcome by evil, or will we overcome evil with good?
19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it9 to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.
The transforming work of the Gospel shapes our hearts and minds. When applied to both the mundane and profound details of our lives, it should cause us to be different from unbelievers around us. But what does this look like practically? How do these distinctions show themselves each day in our families, work, and local churches?
Alistair Begg paints the picture of a grace-shaped life in his study from Romans 12. Through Paul’s letter to the first-century church, we see practical actions and attributes that should mark the life of every Christian, no matter the circumstance.
|A Call to Commitment||Romans 12:1-2|
|Transformed Mind||Romans 12:1-2|
|We Belong Together, Part 1||Romans 12:3-8|
|We Belong Together, Part 2||Romans 12:3-8|
|Genuine Christian Love, Part 1||Romans 12:9-10|
|Genuine Christian Love, Part 2||Romans 12:9-10|
|Divine Righteousness Applied||Romans 12:11|
|Love in Action||Romans 12:11-13|
|Responding to Persecution, Part 1||Romans 12:14|
|Responding to Persecution, Part 2||Romans 12:14|
|Truth For Life||Romans 12:15-16|
|No Retaliation!||Romans 12:17-18|
|Essential Christianity, Part 1||Romans 12:19-21|
|Essential Christianity, Part 2||Romans 12:19|