Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. On the contrary:Paul isn't saying that we should do all of these things because he wants us to be in better standing with the men on earth, he says it so that we can live in a way that extends grace to each other and do what we can to make this place better. I think that it is interesting that Paul identifies what kind of thinking that tends to be normal. The thinking that I am the most important individual that matters in this sense. But perhaps it is not about me and more about the other person. Take a look at this one from Hebrews 12:
"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." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.It's clear here, that there is a difference between being outside of peace and being holy. So how are we doing there? When times of struggle come up, how are we trying to be holy? Critical to this passage is verse 18 when we are reminded that if we don't make every effort to be at peace with men, we may establish a gap between the grace of God and a person.
So, may we be proprietors of grace today, this weekend and in our lives. Enjoy the ballgames and have a great weekend!