Passage: Romans 12:17-21
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
21 Qualities of Biblical Love:
6. Biblical love is not slothful in zeal (v. 11a)
7. Biblical love fervently serves the Lord (v. 11b)
8. Biblical love rejoices in hope (v. 12a)
9. Biblical love is patient in tribulation (v. 12b)
10. Biblical love is constant in prayer (v. 12c)
11. Biblical love contributes to the needs of the saints and seeks to show hospitality (v. 13)
12. Biblical love blesses, not curses, when persecuted (v. 14)
A. Quality #15: Biblical love does not repay evil for evil (v. 17)
B. Quality #16: Biblical love does not avenge (v. 19)
- 1 Sam 16:7 – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
- Matt 7:1-5 – “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
- Ps 51:4 – Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
- Rom 5:9 – Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
- Nahum 1:2-3; 7 – The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord is avenging and wrathful; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. 3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. 7 The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
C. Quality #17: Biblical love is not overcome by evil but overcomes evil with good
- Isa 53:7-12 –He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,so he opened not his mouth.8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;and as for his generation, who considered thathe was cut off out of the land of the living,stricken for the transgression of my people?9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death,although he had done no violence,and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for sin,he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death nd was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many,and makes intercession for the transgressors.
- 1 Peter 2:20-25 – For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.