Romans 12:17-21
WEiRD Response

Sermon Summary:

·         It is normal to hate those who mistreat and hurt us.  It is part of our fallen, sinful, human nature to retaliate and want to take revenge.

    • Normal clearly isn’t working.

·         The not normal Christian response to evil is “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.” (Rom 12:17)

·         How do we do this?

    • As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Rom 12:18).
    • Do not take revenge but leave it to God (Rom 12:19).
    • If your enemy is hungry feed him (Rom 12:20).
    • Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good (Rom 12:21).

·         To repay evil with good is one of the hardest tasks in Christian life; therefore we can only do it through the help of the Holy Spirit.

·         Why should we do good to others when they do evil to us?  Because God first did this for you.

    • God responded to our evil with his goodness and love shown to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • In light of the gospel we should respond to evil with love and grace.