A Daily Devotion for Wednesday, Feb. 1
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone... Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
I was a little thrown off with the second sentence, "Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone." It feels as if it is more important to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord, and not worry so much about how others see it. But I think Paul was specifically talking about how we live out our faith, living among others. We need to show others that we are able to turn away from revenge, and not demand "tit for tat". If we see evil, we are not to repay with evil. This shows our devotion to Christ and His teaching.
Father God, help me to always treat others kindly, no matter how I am treated. It is never okay to act out my anger with bad behavior when I feel I have been wronged. Help me to remember to be kind, and to turn away when necessary. Amen