Friday, July 5, 2002

Romans 12:17

"Recompense no man evil for evil.  Provide things honest in the sight of all men."
Romans 12:17

This verse makes it pretty hard to justify misdeeds. :)  It is easy to behave badly and claim that "they started it" or that we're just reacting to someone else's actions. :)  We figure if someone else can do it that we should be able to as well.  Fortunately for us, it doesn't work that way. Christ showed the example there... he had the power to do anything that he wanted to the people that were trying to hurt and kill him, and he didn't seek their deaths.  He never returned evil to anyone, no matter how much was flung at him.  We don't have to become evil when other people present evil to us.  We can react in a good way instead.  The other part... things honest in the sight of all men.  That helps us to not justify things like "well, *I* don't think it is bad." :)  It helps us get away from private interpretation and perhaps be more honest than we would be with only ourselves around. :)

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