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Thursday, January 11, 2018

1 Thessalonians 5:15

See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
1 Thessalonians 5:15

What do you normally do when someone does you wrong? Paul would tell the Thessalonian church to continue in the comfort and edification of each other as they have been doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11). The Thessalonian church was a church that built a reputation on how solid their faith was even after only three weeks of Paul being there. He invites them to warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, and be patient with all. And if anyone does you wrong, don't repay them with evil, but pursue what is good for both of you. They lived a life of faith and probably were made fun of and mocked.

We have a God who loves us and looks after His own. Romans 12:19 reminds us that vengeance is the Lord's. There is no need for us to get our hands dirty. Instead, we should respond in a way that will benefit both of us. God will take care of any wrongdoing. This could be the perfect opportunity for you to share the love of Christ with them. Besides, our Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:44 to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute us. So, next time someone does you wrong, pursue what is good for you both. Maybe they need to know who Jesus is. You can always start there because you can never know what the Word of God will do.

Pursuing what is good,

Josh Navarro



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