Repaying With Good

Read: Romans 12:14-21

There are times when we are angry when someone has spoken ill about us or done something to hurt us purposely. We tend to lash back against them, thus damaging a relationship or even our testimony as Christians. Sometimes as Christians, we might be persecuted for our faith. Christ showed that He was the perfect example of overcoming evil with good. Jesus forgave His enemies by dying on the cross for their sins. Jesus taught us to show the other cheek too if someone slapped on one cheek (Luke 6:29).

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Considering Others First

Read: Philippians 2:3-4

We live in a culture where people are “self-centred.” It is always about how “I” can excel than others. Job promotions are based on how a person excels above others, even if he is selfish. The Bible clearly says that we “should not do anything out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you not only look for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4).

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When People Hurt You

Read: Matthew 5:11-21

No one is immune from being hurt by anyone. When you are hurt by someone, do not bear any grudge against them or hurt them in return. Jesus said, “Love your enemies. Bless those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). Jesus Himself was hurt by His near and dear ones. Jesus advised, “Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either” (Luke 6:28-29). If someone hurts you, do not repay evil with evil, but overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21). Vengeance is the Lord’s and He will repay the opposing forces for the troubles they cause you (Rom. 12:19).

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The Foundation for Marriage

Read: Genesis 2:18-25

It is customary in wedding ceremonies for the bride and the bridegroom to take the vows “for better or for worse … till death do us part.” But in the present times, some people think that those vows appear to sound too risky. In many cultures, even the Christian officiating ministers say that marriage as we have known it is obsolete. Yet studies show that married people tend to be happier and healthier. God Himself put a lock on marriage because man needed the support and fulfillment that is inherent to a life-long commitment. In Gen. 2:18, it is God who said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.

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