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Overcoming Evil With Good

TEXT:† Rom. 12:17-21

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† THE CREED OF THE WORLD Ė ďI donít get mad, I get even!Ē

B.††††† THE DESIRE FOR VENGEANCE IS NATURAL.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Self-interest is a motivator.

††††††††† 2.†††††† We all have a desire for justice.

C.††††† GOD SAYS TO LET HIM TAKE CARE OF THINGS.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Getting even is dishonorable (vs. 17).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Revenge discourages peace (vs. 18).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Vengeance belongs to the perfect judge, he can do a better job (vs. 19).

††††††††† 4.†††††† What does the Lord want from us (vs. 20;† Matt. 5:38-39,† 43-45).

D.††††† GODíS DESIRE FOR US IS THAT WE BE GOOD Ė NOT SINK TO THEIR LEVEL.

E.††††† WE ARE COMPASSED BY A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES.

I.††††† JOSEPH.

A.††††† SOLD BY HIS BROTHERS (Acts 7:9).

B.††††† THEIR FEAR OF JOSEPH (Gen. 50:15).

††††††††† 1.†††††† He was the Prince of Egypt.

††††††††† 2.†††††† What could he do?

What Would YOU Do?

C.††††† WHAT DID JOSEPH DO? (Gen. 50:19-21).

II.†††† THE HEBREW SLAVE GIRL.

A.††††† A CAPTIVE OF THE ENEMY SYRIANS Ė NAAMAN THE LEPER (2 Kings 5:1-2).

B.††††† COMPASSION ON HER MASTER (vs. 3).

III.††† DAVID.

A.††††† SAULíS BITTER DAY (1 Sam. 15-26-29).

B.††††† DAVID ANNOINTED IN HIS PLACE (1 Sam. 15:12-13).

C.††††† 1 Sam. 18:28-29.† SAUL ATTEMPTS TO KILL DAVID.

D.††††† DAVID SPARES SAUL (1 Sam. 24:1-15).

E.††††† SAULíS TESTIMONY (vs. 16-17).

F.††††† GODíS TESTIMONY (Acts 13:22).

IV.†† STEPHEN.

A.††††† THE KANGAROO COURT (Acts 6:10-14).

B.††††† HIS STIRRING SERMON AND STINGING ACCUSATIONS (Acts 7:51-53).

C.††††† THEIR VIOLENT REACTION (vs. 54-58).

D.††††† STEPHEN PRAYED FOR HIS ENEMIES (vs. 59-60).

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† JESUS PRAYED FOR THOSE WHO MOCKED AND MURDERED HIM (Luke 23:34).

B.††††† HE MAKES INTERCESSION FOR THOSE WHO WILL ACCEPT IT (Heb. 7:25).

C.††††† HE DID MORE THAN THAT (Rom. 5:6-10).