Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” Romans 12:18,19
A couple of years ago my granddaughter, twelve at the time, sprayed me with a water hose. After recovering from the shock of cold water, I said, “I’ll get even with you! When you least expect it, you’re going to get a shower.” So far, she’s had her guard up, and we both know a surprise hosing during the summer in Arizona would be relief, not getting even.
In reading Romans, chapter 12, I see Paul as being the apostle of common-sense advice. Throughout his ministry, besides teaching theology, he gave advice, such as the one in today’s scripture. Paul broke through the literature of the day, including imperial decrees, exquisite poetry, finely crafted moral philosophy, known as “world-class” literature widely available to everyone and gave the common person something they could understand.
In the book of Romans, Paul’s letter reads life a “Cliff Note” of Christian theology, which included the common-sense mentality taught by Jesus. To learn how to improve your daily life, may I suggest reading Romans 12 in “The Message” (available through BibleGateway.com).
Dear God, we give you thanks for the writings of Apostle Paul. Amen.