One of our most natural instincts is to retaliate against those who hurt us. In this lab, Pastor John shows us that God calls us to something harder and better: to return evil with good.
Principle for Bible Reading
Both Wonderfully True
In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that if you are teaching, studying, or explaining a difficult text, and two interpretations could be correct, don’t be afraid to admit you’re not sure in that particular verse. Instead, show why both could be correct, and glory in the fact that regardless, both realities are true (if both are affirmed elsewhere in Scripture and are not contradictory interpretations).
- When was the last time you did good to someone who was hurting you or had hurt you? How did you muster up the ability to do that?
- God calls us to do good to those who hurt us. How does this relate to trusting God (1 Peter 4:19)? How did the two connect for Jesus (1 Peter 2:23)?
- If we adopt this as a way of life, aren’t we allowing others to take advantage of us? Why or why not?
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