2 wrongs don’t make 1 right

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 1 Thes 5:15

Relevant Scriptures

Proverbs 20:22
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 12:17
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody.

Galatians 6:10
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to the family of faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:21
but test all things. Hold fast to what is good.

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

1 Samuel 26:10
David also said, “As the LORD lives, surely the LORD will strike him, or his day will come that he dies, or he will go down into battle and perish.

Romans 12:19
Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 32:35
‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.’

2 Samuel 22:48
The God who executes vengeance for me, And brings down peoples under me,

Select Commentary

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
See that none render evil for evil unto any man,…. Not an ill word for an ill word, railing for railing, nor an ill action for an ill action; no, not to any man whatever, not to an enemy, a persecutor, a profane person, as well as not to a brother, a believer in Christ; and this the saints should not only be careful of, and guard against in themselves, but should watch over one another, and see to it, that no such practice is found in each other.

But ever follow that which is good; honestly, morally, pleasantly, and profitably good; even every good work, which is according to the will of God, is done in faith, from love, and to the glory of God; and particularly acts of beneficence and liberality to the poor; and which are not to be once, or now and then done, but to be followed and pursued after, and that always;

both among yourselves, and to all men; not only to the household of faith, though to them especially, and in the first place, but to all other men, as opportunity offers, even to our enemies, and them that persecute us, and despitefully use us; do good to their bodies, and to their souls, as much as in you lies, by feeding and clothing the one, and by praying for, advising, and instructing the other.

My Pondering

Wow, I don’t know about you but this sure isn’t easy. I think it is supernatural. It takes great faith and confidence in God. It charges us ‘always seek to do good’. Just in breaking down this passage we gather:

Always – is always. In all ways.
Seek – look for, search, strive
To do – action, initiate, perform
Good – 1. pure, moral, conscientious, meritorious, worthy, exemplary, upright. 2. commendable, admirable. 5. obedient, heedful. 6. kindly, benevolent, humane, gracious, obliging. 23. full, adequate. 24. profitable, useful, serviceable, beneficial. 25. efficient, proficient, capable, able, ready, suited, suitable, dexterous, expert, adroit, apt.

If we are having a difficult time in mustering up good, Paul wrote in Romans 12 that we should not extract our own vengeance but leave room for God’s wrath. It’s amazing how that works. The scripture calls us to seek to do good.

We just need to do our best and let go and let God work it out.

Life is hard but God is good.

My Prayer

LORD, help me to rest and trust You have my backside. I am not a scorekeeper or umpire but a player. I trust, i want to trust, You got this and that. AMEN.

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