Our Daily Bread: Meditation for April 23, 2019

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Don’t Repay Evil with Evil:

St. Paul wrote “17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” (Roman 12:17-21)

Dear friends, if we repay evil, then we are no different than those who commit evil. If we love God, we must do our best to gain people around us. This is difficult to do on your own. We need God’s to help do this. God will give us the power to forgive and to do good.

We can change those around us by repaying evil with good. Otherwise, we only offer back evil, and we lose our internal peace. Be wise. Follow what your creator Has commanded you to do. God can defend His children against all evil according to His wisdom.

May God bless you.


O God, be attentive to help me. Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and confounded who seek my life. Let them be turned back and ashamed who desire evil against me. Let them be turned back because of their shame, who say to me, “Well done! Well done!” Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; and let those who love your salvation say continually, Let God be magnified! But as for me, I am poor and needy; O God, help me! You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay. (Psalm 70)


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