Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:17-21 (emphasis made by me)
This is the last little bit of Romans 12 that we have been working through the past few weeks. I sometimes find myself overcome with negativity and weighed down by personal and global problems. I have a hard time letting things go and fully putting my trust in God with all things. This passage is pretty clear – live at peace with everyone and overcome evil with good. A man was talking on the news last night who had been at the Las Vegas concert shooting a few months ago. What he said really struck me – “I know there is more good in this world than evil. We won’t let one evil person define us.” I think this verse is giving us the responsibility to seek out the God’s goodness and project that into the world.