Passage: Romans 12:14-21
For many people, the way to deal with difficult people is just to cut them off. Got a friend causing problems in your life? Cut them out. Someone in your small group says insensitive things? Leave and find a new one. Someone at work doesn’t understand or respect your faith? Avoid them. Tired of being made fun of in the classroom or the public square? Withdraw into your Christian bubble. Paul calls us to a different standard when it comes to treating our enemies.
- How do you preach the gospel to yourself each and everyday?
- When you have an issue with a person, what is the first thing you should do? Why do so many people try to avoid the person that they have the conflict with?
- According to this passage of scripture, who does vengeance belong to? What are some practical ways that you can stay out of the judge’s chair?
- How do you practically repay evil that has been done to you with good? Do you bless people that persecute you? Do you hold grudges? How does your relationship with Christ affect everything when it comes to your relationships?
- How do you go about remembering the gospel when it comes to your relationships-especially as you deal with your enemies?