Not Rendering Evil for Evil
Not Rendering Evil for Evil is a sermon teaching us that we are to love our enemies and be unified in purpose, preparing ourselves and others for eternity.
There is no other book like the Bible written by about 40 men in various continents over 1,000’s of years. It is different from other religious writings. The teachings of Christ are exclusive from all other religions. The word “bible” means book of books with 66 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books. No original writings of the Bible have been found. But copies of biblical texts before the time of Christ have been found. There are no original works of the Koran which was written 600 years after the Bible was written. There are thousands of ancient biblical texts which compose the Bible.
The Bible is the basis of our belief and answer to all nations. The last days will be perilous times to live in, a time of loving oneself and blaspheming God. We are living in perilous times, we are getting closer to the last days.
How should Christians respond to other people bringing evil to society? How are we going to deal with others who do you wrong and bring evil to society? We ought to disagree respectfully. Build relationships through communication. Build a testimony in a world where people are treated unjustly, where people bring evil to you. We need to understand that our thinking is in the unity of purpose, singleness of mind. We don’t agree on everything but still respect each other. We need to be unified in purpose working toward one goal, preparing for eternity. Christians, the church, are to prepare ourselves and others for eternity. Love other people like brothers, have compassion, be tenderhearted toward people, and be courteous — treat others with respect.
Don’t attack people even if we think they are wrong, respect them. You don’t need to give evil in return for what evil does to you. Give them blessings. Doing so, you inherit a blessing. If someone assaults you for being Christian, Jesus said to give them the other cheek. It is a question of testimony. We love our neighbor and hate our enemy, but Jesus says to love our enemies, bless them. It can be hard to do but not impossible to do. Good things and bad things are going to happen to everybody. How are we better than them when we are only friendly to those who are friendly to us? Be perfect just like our Father in Heaven. God gives us His grace, forgives us, gives us the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and we look perfect. God looks out for the righteous person. He is God over the righteous and he is against evil.
God is fully aware of what we do to others and what they do to us. Jesus loves us through all we do, good or bad. He allows us to make our own choices. But He does not allow us to choose the consequences of the choice. God will dispense justice. Revenge is not our work. We need to trust God to take care of us. Live a Christlike life in this sinful world. Don’t be afraid, be a testimony, you are under God’s protection, even under persecution. Be ready to give an answer for that hope that is in you — Jesus Christ who is in you. Do what’s right and you’ll have a good conscious. They will be ashamed to be against the children of God.
If you are falsely accused it is better than being guilty. We are blessed when we are persecuted for Jesus’s sake. When we do wrong, we ask for mercy. Do to others as you would have them do to you. it’s all about being a testimony for Christ and not rendering evil for evil.
Not Rendering Evil for Evil sermon starts with verses from I Peter 3:8-17:
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
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