1. Watch your mouth (Romans 12:14). Our tongues possess the ability to bless and to curse. God’s plan is for His people to use their tongues to bless (speak well of others). This verbal blessing should extend even to those who hate us.
2. Care for the sake of caring (Romans 12:15). God wants His people to truly care about the lives of others. This is not a mandate to fix everybody’s problems but a call to hurt and/or rejoice with others. The Bible describes this type of behavior as tender-hearted (Ephesians 4:32).
3. Be lowly in your thinking (Romans 12:16). Christians are not to be arrogant. We are to remember our sinful nature in light of the redemption we have received through Jesus. By doing so, we can associate with the lowly because without Christ, we would be lowly too. If we are truthful with ourselves, we have nothing in our lives of which to boast except what Jesus is doing within us.
4. Always to what is good to all people (Romans 12:17). Good is to evil as beneficial is to harmful. If we love our neighbor as Christ commands, we will always treat others in the correct manner.
5. Strive to live in peace with all people (Romans 12:18). This idea flows directly from doing what is good to people. Contention is not a godly characteristic. Sometimes, others give us no option for peace. We should always be on the side of those who suffer from evil. But on the whole, our goal should be peaceful relations.
6. Leave punishment to God (Romans 12:19, 20). God is God and we are not. Our justice is not as just as God’s. Do not fret over evil doers. God promises to reward all people. Never take up the cup of revenge. It poisons all who take hold of it.
The Church must be those who lead by example in overcoming evil. We must show the love of God and trust Him while we live in this present world. The idea of repaying evil for evil must be a foreign concept to believers.
- Pastor Randy