How our lives should reflect God’s love and mercy to us.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
1. How does Paul say we should react to this world?
v 2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, ...
2. How does Paul say we should treat our brothers?
v 10 In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate to one another; in honour preferring one another;
3. How does Paul suggest we react to those who do us wrong?
v 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don’t curse.
v 17 to 19 Repay no one evil for evil. ... If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.”
- v 1 and 2 Because God shows us great love and mercy, we should be Godly and not adopt the standards of those around us
- v 3 to 8 We should have a humble opinion of ourselves and use our God-given abilities to help our fellow believers
- v 9 to 16 We should show genuine love and humility in all all our dealings with fellow believers
- v 17 and 18 We should not retalite when we are upset and should do all we can to live peaceably with all
- v 19 to 21 We don’t need to react aggressively to those who try to harm us, because God will judge them