Studies In The Book Of Romans

(Romans 12:16-21)

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1. Should Christians ever seek to be considered greater than one another?

No: Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits” (Romans 12:16).

2. Do we need to try and show ourselves to be honest people to the world?

Yes: Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:17).

3. If it is possible, should we try to maintain peace with all men?

Yes: If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18).

4. Should we be a vengeful people?

No: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

5. How should we treat our enemies?

Overcome their evil with your good: Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:20-21).

Thine enemy (Exodus 23:4-5, Proverbs 25:21-22, Matthew 5:38-48, and Luke 6:27-28; cf. Philippians 3:17-19).

Don’t be overcome of evil (IPeter 3:9-17).

Heaping coals of fire on his head is a result of our kind works toward our enemies, not a motivator to do good by them. We have to be cautious here not to help in a way that causes us to err (Jeremiah 23:14 and IIThessalonians 3:10).


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