Doing What Comes Naturally
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
This verse from Romans 12 is a summary of all the specific ways I can “do good” rather than compromise with what is evil. I don’t need to guess what “conquer evil by doing good” means. It is clearly stated:
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. (Romans 12:9-19 NLT)
Verse 11 - Laziness is evil. Don’t nap all day; don’t procrastinate.
Verse 12 - Pray when trouble comes.
Verse 13 - Don’t ignore people who need help. Help them.
Verse 14 - Don’t avenge myself.
Verse 15 - Practice sympathy and empathy.
Verse 16 - Don’t be a know-it-all.
Verse 17 - Swallow all sarcastic remarks.
Verse 18 - Don’t be a grudge holder.
It comes naturally for me to be lazy, act before praying, ignore others, explain myself, give unsolicited advice, run my mouth & remember everyone’s faults. I’m thankful for the “good” list God provided for me, otherwise I would just keep doing what comes so naturally. And I pray this prayer from 1 Thessalonians 4 every day...
Lord, help me lead a quiet life, mind my own business and work hard today. (verse 11)