The Sermon on the Mount: Day 13

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Romans 12:21

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.

Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
—Romans 12:21

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  • Sometimes it is a very hard thing to do, repay goodness to those who hurt you. It takes faith in the Lord and a true inner force from ourselves. For me, this reminded me of my colleagues at the hospital. People nowadays seem to enjoy hurting and humilliating each other, sometimes it doesn’t even reflect on their own work. It’s evil. But keeping this text of Romans in mind, people may think you’re a loser but, in fact, you’re the true winner because you’re following God’s law. Inspiring!

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    I don’t feel like a conquerer. But feelings don’t matter. The Bible says “greatest is He that is in me then he that is in the world.” I don’t feel like a conquerer because the Bible says I am “more than a conquerer.” Note the MORE THAN. So I don’t worry how I feel, I just keep on doing the good I can. Evil will lose. The Bible says so.

  • Good morning everyone! Overcome evil with good. That sometimes it’s hard to do. Please pray as I have an appointment first time one on one meeting with my potential mentor.

  • The word “conquer” (or “overcome” in my NIV Bible) jumps out at me in this verse. Something I always like to do is look up the Greek (or Hebrew if it’s the OT) transliteration of verses that stand out to me. The original Greek word used for “conquer” in this verse came from the Greek word “nikaó.” Here’s what came up for the definition of that word: properly, conquer (overcome); ” ‘to carry off the victory, come off victorious.’ The verb implies a battle” (K. Wuest).

    “The verb implies a battle.” Wow. That statement reminds me that there will always be a battle of good and evil in this world, and also in my heart. But I can overcome evil because Jesus already has. The battle has already been won!

    The song “Battle” by Chris August (one of my favorite Christian singers) came to mind as I typed this comment. Check it out if you feel led. :) It goes along really well with today’s verse.

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