22 September 2013
In today’s passage, Paul widens the range of his subject from those who merely annoy us to those who are actively hostile towards us. Sadly these people can often be those who are very near and dear to us - family members, spouses, colleagues, and neighbours to name a few. So, given our Christ-surrendered status, how ought we to respond to such people? This is what Paul deals with here.
1. No retaliation - Never! (vs 17a)
2. Always respect what is right (vs 17b)
3. Be a peacemaker (vs 18)
4. Revenge is not an option (vs19)
5. Overcome evil with good (vs20-21)