Romans 12 has a unique standing for me. Before I deployed, my sister was going to get my name with a yellow ribbon license plate for her truck. Ashby and I had been doing our Bible study and just read through Romans once before. It was about our enemies. I needed some perspective and Romans 12 delivered.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Perhaps the biggest challenge was how to go to war with this mindset. But then again, perhaps the biggest struggle would have been going without it. Remember to pray for your enemies, remember to be kind to them, and they are God’s design too, so how can we bring that brother or sister to Christ? Wouldn’t it be interesting if we just stopped thinking of them as enemies and instead called them brothers?