Voices in the Wind Part 2

Even as I posted “Voices in the Wind” I felt the urge to put all of the scripture that said “Vengeance is kind, sayeth the Lord.” Although that paraphrase is powerful, when taken with the few vereses before and after, I think we learn a lot about how to approach not only this gay activist vs. dancehall issue, but also the swelling and unacceptable violence and intolerance within our society.

So here is its, Romans 12: 9-21

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving
preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit,
serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing
steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to
hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same
mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with
the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17 Repay no one evil for evil.
Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as
much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge
yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is
Mine, I will repay,”

says the Lord. 20
Therefore “ If your enemy
is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give
him a drink; For in so doing you will heap
coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

This is the King James Version so try reading New International Version if you find a language hard to read. Interestingly, the KJV, this section is titled “Behave Like a Christian” and in the NIV it’s titled “Love.” Taken together it seems like being a good Christian is all about not only showing love to those around you but also inspiring love in those around you

I got this from BibleGateway.com. The specific verses are here: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2012;&version=50;;

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