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© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
Sometimes in life, regardless of our best efforts to
manifest the love of God in our homes, our
workplaces, and our communities, we encounter
individuals who exhibit unkindness or even hostility
in return. It can be tempting to respond to them with
unkind words or behaviors of our own. But how does
God want us to respond? He wants us to be strong on
His Word by loving others as He loves.
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
I Peter 3:8,9:
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one
of another, love as brethren, be pitiful [compassionate,
tenderhearted], be courteous [friendly minded]:
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing [abuse] for
railing….
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
Romans 12:21:
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
To overcome means “to be victorious” or to “conquer.”
We would not try to conquer the darkness in a room by
introducing more darkness, for we know that darkness
is dispelled by the introduction of light. So why would
we try to overcome, or conquer, evil—anything
contrary to the Word of God—with more evil? Instead,
we need to introduce good. One way we can conquer
evil is by extending God’s love and goodness to others.
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
Romans 2:4 shows us the effect of God’s goodness on
someone’s life.
Romans 2:4:
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and
forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the
goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
Goodness means “kindness” and “actively beneficent
in spite of ingratitude.” God’s goodness leads a man or
woman to repentance. To “repent” indicates a genuine
change of heart and life, from worse to better. God, out
of the riches of His goodness and forbearance and
long-suffering, extended His goodness to us—giving
us the opportunity to change. He did this not because
we deserved it but because we needed it.
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
When we encounter people whose behavior toward us
is contrary to the Word of God, we can recognize that
behind that behavior is usually a person in need. Rather
than rendering evil for evil or railing for railing, we can
show them God’s goodness, giving them an
opportunity to change their life from worse to better.
Jesus Christ, who always did his Father’s will, provides
a powerful example for us to follow.
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
I Peter 2:21-23:
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also
suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should
follow his steps:
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he
suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to
him that judgeth righteously.
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
At times during his public ministry, Jesus Christ was
questioned, accused, and personally insulted. Yet he “did
no sin.” All the way through his arrest, “trial,” and
crucifixion, instead of returning evil for evil he persisted in
extending God’s love and goodness to others. As a result,
one of the malefactors (evildoers) crucified with him had a
change of heart and believed on Jesus, who then promised
him a future paradise—a definite change from worse to
better (see Luke 23:39-43). What a sterling example Jesus
was of overcoming evil with good!
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
Responding with God’s love and goodness, being actively
beneficent in spite of ingratitude, has many benefits:
• It gives the individual who exhibits unkindness an
opportunity to change their life, if they choose to.
• It may open the door for us to meet needs with God’s
Word.
• It gives us an occasion to receive rewards for doing the
Word.
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
I Thessalonians 5:15:
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but
ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves,
and to all men.
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
God’s will is clear. Rather than rendering evil for evil,
we can strive to “ever follow that which is good.”
When we encounter others who exhibit unkindness or
even hostility toward us, let’s remember that behind
those actions could be a person in need. Our response,
drawn from the wellspring of God’s love and goodness
in our hearts, may lead them to repentance—to a
genuine change of heart and life. Truly, we can be
victorious, overcoming evil with good, as we respond
with God’s love and goodness.
© 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
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Responding with God’s Love and Goodness

  • 1. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 2. Sometimes in life, regardless of our best efforts to manifest the love of God in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities, we encounter individuals who exhibit unkindness or even hostility in return. It can be tempting to respond to them with unkind words or behaviors of our own. But how does God want us to respond? He wants us to be strong on His Word by loving others as He loves. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 3. I Peter 3:8,9: Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful [compassionate, tenderhearted], be courteous [friendly minded]: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing [abuse] for railing…. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 4. Romans 12:21: Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 5. To overcome means “to be victorious” or to “conquer.” We would not try to conquer the darkness in a room by introducing more darkness, for we know that darkness is dispelled by the introduction of light. So why would we try to overcome, or conquer, evil—anything contrary to the Word of God—with more evil? Instead, we need to introduce good. One way we can conquer evil is by extending God’s love and goodness to others. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 6. Romans 2:4 shows us the effect of God’s goodness on someone’s life. Romans 2:4: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Goodness means “kindness” and “actively beneficent in spite of ingratitude.” God’s goodness leads a man or woman to repentance. To “repent” indicates a genuine change of heart and life, from worse to better. God, out of the riches of His goodness and forbearance and long-suffering, extended His goodness to us—giving us the opportunity to change. He did this not because we deserved it but because we needed it. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 8. When we encounter people whose behavior toward us is contrary to the Word of God, we can recognize that behind that behavior is usually a person in need. Rather than rendering evil for evil or railing for railing, we can show them God’s goodness, giving them an opportunity to change their life from worse to better. Jesus Christ, who always did his Father’s will, provides a powerful example for us to follow. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 9. I Peter 2:21-23: For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 10. At times during his public ministry, Jesus Christ was questioned, accused, and personally insulted. Yet he “did no sin.” All the way through his arrest, “trial,” and crucifixion, instead of returning evil for evil he persisted in extending God’s love and goodness to others. As a result, one of the malefactors (evildoers) crucified with him had a change of heart and believed on Jesus, who then promised him a future paradise—a definite change from worse to better (see Luke 23:39-43). What a sterling example Jesus was of overcoming evil with good! © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 11. Responding with God’s love and goodness, being actively beneficent in spite of ingratitude, has many benefits: • It gives the individual who exhibits unkindness an opportunity to change their life, if they choose to. • It may open the door for us to meet needs with God’s Word. • It gives us an occasion to receive rewards for doing the Word. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 12. I Thessalonians 5:15: See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 13. God’s will is clear. Rather than rendering evil for evil, we can strive to “ever follow that which is good.” When we encounter others who exhibit unkindness or even hostility toward us, let’s remember that behind those actions could be a person in need. Our response, drawn from the wellspring of God’s love and goodness in our hearts, may lead them to repentance—to a genuine change of heart and life. Truly, we can be victorious, overcoming evil with good, as we respond with God’s love and goodness. © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.
  • 14. Click here to view the original article © 2018 by The Way International™. All rights reserved.