Roman’s 12:2 reads, “do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”
This exhortation is powerful in its implications and application: to look for, and respond in love and mercy no matter the situation or “ugliness” and injustice of a person/situation.
Our God is the God of redemption: of turning what is ugly, sinful, and broken into what is holy, righteous, and redeemed. Of giving what is good in exchange for what is evil.
We can honor our Father, doing likewise in not repaying evil for evil in terms of our interactions and treatment of others.
Now, on our own impossible, yes? correct! It is so against our natures to forgive, to pay back good in the face of what is not.
As believers in the Risen Christ we do not do this, nor anything “on our own.” We are inhabited by the Holy Spirit, Third member of the Holy Trinity, God Himself! That same Spirit who empowered the apostles and early Christians to fearlessly live for Christ, proclaim the gospel, and change their society and the very world, is the same we have this very day! .
“You did not receive a Spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry ‘Abba, Father!'” (Romans 8:15).
“In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed” (Ephesians 1:13).
“I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
Dear, Heavenly Father we praise and thank you for your mercy, love and power, we ask that we would walk by the Spirit, in your strength, in the ways of the Lord Jesus. Please guide and lead us to your glory, honor, and praise. In your beloved Son Jesus’ name. Amen.