Lent 2009 (29) – A tricky passage

Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for by doing this you will make him burn with shame. Do not let evil defeat you; instead conquer evil with good”. Romans 12:20-21

There are times in the life of every Christian when a battle has to be fought but Paul reminds us that this should never be in the name of revenge. To treat someone with kindness rather than vengeance is the way to touch their soul. An act of vengeance may break a person’s spirit but it is only kindness that will break or heal a heart.

If we show kindness to our enemies we will make them ashamed of their behaviour. This teaching is very different from the thinking of the world around us. If we are full of revenge we have allowed ourselves to be overtaken by evil. Evil can never be conquered by more evil. If hatred is met by more hatred then it gets bigger and it extends. When hatred is met
with love it is rather like finding an antidote for poison. The only real way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

The Christian influence in the community is to be just like that – an antidote for the evil which is all around. Our presence is to be one that works for the common good.

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