God’s Grace: For Our Enemies
Passage: Romans 12:1-2, Romans 12:14, Romans 12:17-21
Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 12:20-21
"To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Intro: What is your instinct when someone hurts you (repeatedly even)?
THE REALITY OF ENEMIES
How unique is it to work to bless your enemies?
OUR HUNGER FOR VENGEANCE
As the world trains us to seek retribution, how does that make sense to their values?
HOW HAS JESUS OVERCOME THE WORLD?
How did Jesus “overcome?”
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US...
1. Worship the LORD for His patience and all the ways that He has waited upon you, patiently working on your behalf. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for His immeasurable love to do so!
2. How have you lived with pride and a lack of mercy for those who have opposed you? Confess your sin to Jesus, that it is wrong for you to think more highly of yourself than you should, asking Him to cleanse you and change you.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for loving us when we were His enemies. Thank Him for the miracle of His lowliness – His free choice to go down into the depths of our sin, guilt, death and even hell – in order to save us and raise us up.
4. Who has (or most often has) offended you? Pray for them, asking the Father to pour out His richest blessings upon them, just as He blessed you in Christ even while you were His enemy.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to work into you a truly merciful heart. Pray that He would help you to live securely in Jesus’ mercy, and that you would show that to others as they sin against you.
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