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october 24, 2021



RETURNING EVIL FOR EVIL


1 Peter 3:9-12 (NIV)

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,

“Whoever would love life

    and see good days

must keep their tongue from evil

    and their lips from deceitful speech.

11 They must turn from evil and do good;

    they must seek peace and pursue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous

    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,

but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”


1. We Are Called To Be A Blessing

1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

Romans 12:14 (NIV)

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.


2. Vengeance Is The Lord's

Romans 12:19 (NIV)

19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Hebrews 10:30 (NIV)

30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

Deuteronomy 32:35 (NIV)

35 It is mine to avenge; I will repay.

    In due time their foot will slip;

their day of disaster is near

    and their doom rushes upon them.”


3. We Must Wait On God's Vengeance

Proverbs 20:22 (NIV)

22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”

    Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.


4. Let God See Your Grace

Proverbs 24:17-18 (NIV)

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;

    when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

18 or the Lord will see and disapprove

    and turn his wrath away from them.


5. It's Better To Suffer For Doing Good Than To Suffer For Doing Evil

1 Peter 3:17 (NIV)

17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.


6. Kingdom Principles Release Spiritual Power

Matthew 5:38-42 (NIV)

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.


7. We Want Our Prayers Answered

1 Peter 3:12 (NIV)

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous

    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,

but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”