Scripture Reading: John 19:1-24
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Same mind—common bond that unites believers, looking to Christ, every thought captive to him. Common object at the center.
High things—don’t fall in love with your ambitions, purposes, and desires because you’ll trample people. The world does this, don’t conform to that.
Condescend—yield to, submit to, sympathy, accommodate to. Follow what is low rather than what is high—mot many noble, not many wise, etc.
Conceits—judgments, opinions. Being high minded as the first phrase says not to be. High mindedness will keep you ignorant and unteachable.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Provide—think beforehand, prepare yourself to act in a non-offensive way.
Honest—honorable. Deal with integrity. Do not engage in activity of doubtful character.
--ties back to bless them that persecute you
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Possible—if you can, if others will allow, as much as it depends on you.
This is done by taking forethought in thinking how to act in vs. 17.
--Paul’s life in Acts and Jesus in the Gospels is almost constant conflict.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Avenge/Vengeance—retaliate, punish, revenge.
Give place unto the wrath—leave room for God’s vengeance to work. Get out of its way, if you revenge then this thwarts what God would do.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Quote from Proverbs 25:21-22.
Psalm 18 uses “coals of fire” to mean God’s vengeance and anger.
The best vengeance you can do is to bless and do good to those who misuse you.
James 1:20—the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God. But the righteous act of man may work the wrath of God!
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Overcome—be conquered by. If you respond to evil with evil then you have been conquered by evil. If you do good, then you conquer!
--taking revenge is a sign of weakness, you’ve been beaten.
Taking vengeance is to be overtaken with evil.
Conquer with kindness and patience.
Bearing up well under injustice is victory of yourself and perhaps over your enemy.
--The cross—this is strength and victory while looking like weakness. Wisdom of God is foolishness with man.