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Ask Donnell: Why Should I Repay Evil With Good?

Ask Donnell: Why Should I Repay Evil With Good?

We received the following question from Jabari;

"Hi I am a teenager from Trinidad and I am a covenantor at D.D.W.C. I just read your blog on being kind; and after reading the meditation scripture (Luke 6:27-36) I understand what it entrusts me to do except one thing. Sadly, I was confused when it said to do good to those who hate me and to bless those who curse me. The reason i was confused is because if the one who hates me does evil to me; such as cursing me or any other evil action should I repay the person with good? While in Proverbs 17 it talks about whoever rewards evil for good it will not leave his house. What should i do?"

Great question. The article you're referring to is entitled; "Be Kind; It's Evidence of The Holy Spirit At Work In Your life." It talks about being kind even in the face of opposition. It's a fruit of the spirit that must be manifested in our lives regardless of what anyone else does or doesn't do. God only judges us for what we do and not what anyone else did. So why is it so hard to understand what Jesus was saying in Luke 6:27-36.

In our own strength, our brains cannot wrap themselves around the vastness of God's love, mercy and grace. In fact, the principles of God's Kingdom defy human logic. They contradict natural intelligence and challenge our usual pattern of thinking. Therefore, it's easy to understand your confusion. It probably makes no sense to you how Jesus could ask us to respond to evil with something other than evil. It's just not how a human being would naturally respond.

However, because something comes naturally doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. Our natural disposition is based in our sin nature. It is a result of Original Sin which occurred when Adam and Eve disobeyed God's commandments in The Garden of Eden. To correct this, Jesus brought The Kingdom of God to earth and challenged us to live at a much higher level than our sin nature. He then died on the cross, rose again, returned to heaven and sent His Holy Spirit to empower us all to live by the extreme standards of His Kingdom. Let's now take a close look at the scripture under investigation.

Luke 6:27-36(NKJV) - “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 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. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Here's what Jesus said needs to be done according to the standards of His Kingdom; love your enemies, do good to those you hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who spitefully use you, turn the other cheek when assaulted, forgive those who take advantage of you and give to everyone who asks. In other words, do unto others as you would like to be done unto you. Why? Two words; Credit and rewards! Yup, Jesus does nothing without a reason and asks nothing without giving more in return.

In the same passage, Jesus outlines exactly why we should take the high road in every situation. There are spiritual credits and rewards waiting for those who choose the spirit over the flesh. Every action we take is a seed that has a harvest both in this time and for eternity. God will abundantly reward from heaven those who act like Him in the earth by showing kindness to the unthankful and evil and showing mercy to the merciless. Some people call it a "do-good" seed. You do good when your flesh wants to do bad as a seed for a harvest that comes only from God.

Galatians 6:7-10(NKJV) - Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Every time you do good you sow a spiritual seed that will eventually turn into a harvest that you will reap. Therefore, take every opportunity you can to do something good especially in the face of evil being done to you. You get special credit in those situations. Those seeds are special in God's eyes because they are sown in faith under pressure. In God's eyes, all seeds are not created equal. Remember that! If you want a special harvest you have to sow special seeds.

Apostle Paul goes into even more detail.

Romans 12:9-21(NKJV) - Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Ask Donnell: How Can I Repay Evil With Good?

How do you give place for the wrath of God to act on your behalf against your enemies? Don't seek vengeance for yourself. How do you heap coals of fire on your enemy's head? Show love! How do you wage war and overcome evil? Do good! When you sow "do-good" seeds you are actually engaging in spiritual warfare. You are crushing your enemies by showing Godly character in a difficult situation. Your sword is The Word of God. How do you use The Word of God in your situation? Confess it, right? Wrong! You can't just confess it! If you don't live what you confess, what you confess has no power. You have to confess it and live it! Until you live God's Word before your enemies you have not unleashed it's full power. Live The Word of God and watch the power of God back you up and crush your enemy!

Proverbs 17:13(NKJV) - Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.

Now, let's explain Proverbs 17:13. It actually doesn't contradict what Jesus or Apostle Paul taught. It says that whoever rewards evil for good will face evil forever. In other words, if good is done to you and you respond with evil you bring a curse upon your life. That result should be expected. It's simply the other side of the same coin.

Jesus taught the opposite action. He said that if someone does you evil you should do them good. If you do so, God will give you credit and reward you for it. In other words, you will be blessed. In sum, one action results in a curse and the other results in a blessing. Which one would you choose?

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

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