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Read Romans 12:9-21


Read Romans 12:9-21

9 Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. 10 Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself. 11 Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. 12 Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying. 13 Take care of God’s needy people and welcome strangers into your home.
14 Ask God to bless everyone who mistreats you. Ask him to bless them and not to curse them. 15 When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. 16 Be friendly with everyone. Don’t be proud and feel that you are smarter than others. Make friends with ordinary people. 17 Don’t mistreat someone who has mistreated you. But try to earn the respect of others, 18 and do your best to live at peace with everyone.
19 Dear friends, don’t try to get even. Let God take revenge. In the Scriptures the Lord says,
     “I am the one to take revenge
     and pay them back.”
20 The Scriptures also say,
     “If your enemies are hungry,
     give them something to eat.
     And if they are thirsty,
     give them something
     to drink.
     This will be the same
     as piling burning coals
     on their heads.”
21 Don’t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.


"Don't let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good." - Verse 21
Paul encourages us to offer ourselves as life giving sacrifices; tools for the transformation of the world.  He offers us simple ways of bringing light and life.  Not easy ways, but simple ways.


Lord help me to do the simple and difficult things that bring light and life to the world because of you.

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