Saturday, March 4, 2023

Thoughts from the Heart - Romans 12:21 NLT

Once upon a time, there was a young man named John who lived in a small village. John was known for his gentle spirit and kind heart. He loved to help others and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

One day, while walking home from the market, John came across a group of bullies who were picking on a young boy. They were pushing him around and calling him names. John could see the fear in the boy's eyes and knew that he had to do something.

Without hesitation, John stepped in and confronted the bullies. They tried to intimidate him, but John stood his ground. He spoke kindly to them and asked them to stop hurting the boy. To John's surprise, the bullies listened and backed down.

As the bullies walked away, the young boy approached John and thanked him for standing up for him. John replied, "Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good." This was a verse that John had learned from his mother when he was a child.

John knew that the only way to fight against evil was with good. He didn't fight fire with fire, but instead chose to love his enemies and do good to those who mistreated him.

This message of love and forgiveness is echoed throughout the Bible. In Matthew 5:44, Jesus tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. In Luke 6:27-28, Jesus says, "But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you."

The apostle Paul, who wrote the book of Romans, also teaches us to overcome evil with good. In Romans 12:20-21, he writes, "Instead, 'If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.' Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good."

John understood that the only way to overcome evil was through love and kindness. He knew that the power of love was greater than the power of hate. And so, he lived his life by this principle, showing kindness and love to all those he met, even his enemies.

May we all strive to follow John's example, and may we remember to overcome evil with good, as we seek to live a life that is pleasing to God. 

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