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40 Days Following Jesus: Day 27

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 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. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21 (NIV)

There are so many things in our lives that are outside our control. When someone accuses you of something you didn’t do. When that person runs the red light, or doesn’t go when the light turns green—you know who you are, and we do too. Or when your reputation is harmed or ruined by someone close to you.

We are not responsible the part of life which is outside our control. We are responsible with how we control ourselves when life gets out of our control. Especially when someone wrote us.

As a Follower of Jesus, we respond to things we can’t control in a spirit controlled way.

When someone wrongs us we don’t repay the wrong but knowing people are watching us because we follow Jesus, we respond with love.

When you want revenge, you are to pursue peace.

We don’t have a license for revenge but for peace.

When people don’t do good to us we do good to them. It’s not good English but it’s what we are to do.

Love wins every time.

My next step:
I control my response to let love win over things outside of my control.