Title: Say This, Not That
Text: Romans 12:14-21
Theme: Honorably respond to those who wrong us.
- What is honorable, ____________ for peace with everyone.
- V. 18, Jesus, our Prince of Peace, supremely exemplifies this.
- Thus the exception, now the rule: so far as it depends on you…
- What is honorable, ____________ to God to avenge us.
- Many believers find it one of the hardest tests of our faith.
- It may take a wrestling marathon to relinquish our case to God.
- What is honorable, ____________ our enemy kindly.
- This preaches Christ in a hard-to-ignore practical way, v. 20.
- Two powerful examples of what is very much pro-life territory.
Questions for Further Reflection:
- Are we holding a grudge against anyone? What do vv. 17-21 say we should and shouldn’t do to that person? What’s the best way to “destroy” an enemy?
- To what do we open ourselves if we hold onto anger for wrong done us? See Ephesians 4:26-27. What do 4:29-32 call on us to do instead?
- How do vv. 17-20 illustrate Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s statement, When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die? What of us has to die if we obey these verses?
- Why is it a sin & affront to God for believers to revenge themselves on those who wrong them? V. 19. Compare with Isaiah 33:22; James 4:12.
- Can you cite some historic illustrations of v. 20? Hint: II Kings 6:22-23; II Chronicles 28:12-15. Think, Marshall Plan just after WWII.