We Are Overcomers
14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Key Verse: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
- Overcoming evil with good does not mean to accept evil.
- How does accountability happen when we repay evil with good?
- How are we held accountable in our reaction toward others?
- Are we being told to respond to evil with good in order to ‘heap burning coals upon their heads’?
- In what ways do you or have you tried to overcome evil?
* Ignoring it?
* Brute force?
* Trying to outsmart it?
* Verbal attacks?
* Giving in?
* Reacting as opposed to being proactive?
Going further into God’s Word:
- Matthew 5:38-48
- Ephesians 6:12
- Job 28:28; Galatians 6:9-10
- I Thessalonians 5:15-16
- I Peter 3:9
- I Corinthians 8:21
Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC