Romans: Respect, not Retaliation
Tom Atchison   -  

Passage: Romans 12:17-21 

Theme: As we look at another relationship the gospel changes, our relationship to our enemies is taken head on with four negatives.  Interestingly, all four are tightly related by reminding gospel-oriented Christ Followers that retaliation and revenge are forbidden.  Yes, the law courts play a role in punishment, but Christians live differently.  We are told how to live—with respect, in peace with all people, leave room for God to work and to overcome evil with good.