Ok, so we've been talking about Romans 12 for the past few days. What have you thought? Are you getting some good insight or at the very least a peaceful spirit as the quarrels go on around you?
I know that when I am feeling stressed or under the gun, I have a few go-to verses that help me manage the subject at hand, and these from Romans have always helped me in mediation with my kids, co-workers and even total strangers.
Here's the final one:
Romans 12:21: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
We need to let the anger and maliciousness or just annoyances from others roll off of us.
Conquer your enemies with kindness and patience.
When you allow your enemy to get you riled up and you shout back, or retaliate, they have conquered you. They have stolen your peace. Thwarted your train of thought and have injected themselves into the forefront of your mind. They win.
However, if you can repay evil with kindness, then you have defeated the enemy. When you remain calm and do not allow the actions of said enemy to alter your state or effect you immediate future, you have subdued your enemy in the most victorious manner.
It does not matter if your enemy is your co-worker, another driver who cut you off, or your three-year old. Take a deep breath in and let the enemy prattle on while you smile.
Don't let others steal your joy. Life is stressful enough as it is and it seems that everyone has an agenda. Most times they don't even realize they are imposing theirs on you. Whether it is for good or evil, most people only think about themselves. Be careful not to get swept away by other peoples angry agendas.
Elizabeth Bourgeret is a life coach, author and she is the creator of the teen life skills event called Total Truth Workshop and the Leading With Love Series of books, workshops and coaching.