Letters From the Heart
We are still discussing God's grace. In Romans 12:14-21 (VOICE), we see much more of Apostle Paul's impartation of his God-given wisdom to all disciples of Christ. He tells us that we must allow the grace given to us, to affect the lives of those we come into contact with. We have it on! This obedience produces our spiritual growth: 14 If people mistreat or malign you, bless them. Always speak blessings, not curses. 15 If some have cause to celebrate, join in the celebration. And if others are weeping, join in that as well. 16 Work toward unity, and live in harmony with one another. Avoid thinking you are better than others or wiser than the rest; instead, embrace common people and ordinary tasks. 17 Do not retaliate with evil, regardless of the evil brought against you. Try to do what is good and right and honorable as agreed upon by all people. 18 If it is within your power, make peace with all people. 19 Again, my loved ones, do not seek revenge; instead, allow God's wrath to make sure justice is served. Turn it over to Him. For the Scriptures say, "Revenge is Mine. I will settle all scores." 20 But consider this bit of wisdom: "If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink; because if you treat him kindly, it will be like heaping hot coasls on top of his head." 21 Never let evil get the best of you; instead, overpower evil with the good. Living life by these scriptural pearls of wisdom has great benefit. Take the high road. Do it God's way. Once again, you'll be so glad you did.