Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Words To Live By Wednesday - "Evil for Evil?"

We are fighting against basic human nature.  When one of the boys gets his feelings hurt, he automatically pays back evil for evil.  It is  human nature.  We keep telling them, "Treat others the way you want to be treated," but they, like all people, do not see the fairness of it.  "But he hit me first."  "He said it first."  And of course (all parents' favorite), "He touched me!"  This week a verse jumped out at me and we will be working it into our daily brotherhood prescription.

"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."
~ Romans 12:17-18 NKJV

Oh, what a challenge for my boys.  You know--it is a challenge for me, too.  Writing God's truths on my childrens' hearts is my greatest challenge.  The hardest part is, it has to begin with me.  They see hypocrisy in an instant, so here we go.  We are going to start with this verse today!


Hannah said...

The Bible even says to repay evil with good. Now that's a challenge of mammoth proportions!

Christine said...

Wow, I forgot about that. Oh, do we have our work cut out for us!

Annie Kate said...

Don't forget the next verse! God says to leave room for Him to take vengeance.

And the one after that: We're commanded to feed a hungry enemy.... that is to meet our enemy's needs.

And, yes, I've seen God take vengeance in startling and devastating ways when I left it up to Him...but it was for the evildoer's good, in the long run. It's so amazing to actually understand, occasionally, how God's plans work.

Bless you as you teach this to your children. It's such a hard lesson to learn, and I need to relearn it all the time.

Christine said...

Thanks ladies for the direction and input. Sometimes it is overwhelming to think of all that I don't know, yet I'm in charge of these precious children. We're working on it . . . one day at a time.

Hannah said...

Good morning, Christine. We're struggling with this right now. I'd love to be able to chat, but I'm afraid I have some admonishing to do. We'll see how the day progresses!