We can’t always stop others from hurting us, but we can overcome their evil with good rather than by retaliating.

We can’t always stop others from hurting us, but we can overcome their evil with good rather than by retaliating.

BibleGateway: Romans 12:9-21

ESV Text: Romans 12:9-21

Romans 12:9–21 (Listen)

Marks of the True Christian

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,1 serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.2 Never be wise in your own sight. 17 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 it3 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.


[1] 12:11 Or fervent in the Spirit

[2] 12:16 Or give yourselves to humble tasks

[3] 12:19 Greek give place


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:18 and ends at about 2:41

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9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 440 :
Lord, Lead the Way the Savior Went

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1. Lord, lead the way the Savior went, 
By lane and cell obscure, 
And let love’s treasure still be spent, 
Like His, upon the poor. 

2. Like Him, through scenes of deep distress, 
Who bore the world’s sad weight, 
We in their crowded loneliness 
Would seek the desolate. 

3. For Thou hast placed us side by side 
In this wide world of ill; 
And that Thy followers may be tried, 
The poor are with us still. 

4. Mean are all offerings we can make; 
But Thou hast taught us, Lord, 
If given for the Savior’s sake, 
They lose not their reward. 

Hymn: LSB 747 No Saint on Earth Lives Life to Self Alone

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