top of page
Search
  • Writer's pictureDavid and Marilynn Chadwick

The Marks of a Christian - Instead of Vengeance

Our lives as Christ-followers should have outward marks, which enable others to sense that we are different. Set apart. Living in the world, but not of the world.


Another way we mark ourselves as Christians? By what we do instead of delivering vengeance: “To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink” (Romans 12:20a).


How is it possible to return harm with blessing? Hurt with provision? Pain with kindness? Because that’s what God did for us - He sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins. While we were still sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). God returned our evil with the good of Jesus’s forgiveness.


We set ourselves apart from the world when we do the unexpected. And when it comes to vengeance, that means responding to evil with good.


When we choose to pursue reconciliation instead of retaliation, our enemies won't know what to do. And it’s then - when we unexpectedly bless instead of curse - that we show the world to whom we belong.


Perhaps then – by offering amazing grace - our enemy can become our friend.  


And God's friend as well.

Recent Posts

See All

Key Doctrines of the Faith: Bibliology

by David Chadwick Over the next three weeks, I am going to take you on an in depth journey to explore many key doctrines of the Christian faith. We will look at 15 key tenets of what we uphold to be t

A Word from James: Wander

by Marilynn Chadwick My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth... (James 5:19 NIV) Does your mind ever wander? Mine does. I sometimes need reminders to stay alert—especially

A Word from James: Earnestly

by Marilynn Chadwick Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly... (James 5:17 NIV) Elijah prayed earnestly. The phrase "prayed earnestly” comes from two words meaning "to pray" and

bottom of page