Bible Verses

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”— Romans 12:20-21

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

If you respond to a person who is attacking you with an assault of your own, you will increase the tension and cause more stress.  Instead of reacting to the immediate situation, take time to think about what is best for you and the people important to you.  When you feel offended, the first impulse may be to attack so the other person will know you are strong.  However, if you think first, you may realize that attacking the other person will cause an attack back and the situation will become worse.  You have the option to ignore the other person, or you can choose to view the situation from the other person’s point of view. 

After you consider the other person’s view, you may understand what motivates that person.  Sometimes the other person is offensive and threatening.  It takes a lot of discipline to try to see their motivation.  However, once you see what is causing them to be offensive, you may understand why they feel negative thoughts.  In some cases, you can respond with kindness and work to turn an enemy into a friend.  Of course, this will not always be the case.  There are times when the other person is truly evil.   

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

A member of a debating team is working hard to gain recognition as a public speaker.  After every debate, the team meets to discuss the individual sessions of the debate.  During the post-debate sessions, another member of the team trying to gain recognition draws attention to themselves by criticizing specific responses and making the responses seem more negative than they actually were.   

The person being criticized can respond by being critical of the person making the comments, or they can think about the criticism and respond in a way that appreciates the suggestion and at the same compliments the other person.  If the result is a better relationship among the debating team, everyone benefits and the team improves.  If the result is that the other person does not respond positively, the benefit will be that the original response was not fueled to become more negative.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

When you are criticized by someone, take the time to think about the criticism and respond positively.  Worst case, you will not increase the tension.  Best case, the other person will consider your kindness and begin to respect you more.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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