The Theme for Joyce Meyer Daily Devotionals July 2 2023 is ”Do Not Repay Evil for Good”
SCRIPTURE: See that none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody.— 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (AMPC).
It is impossible to be in this world and deal with people and never be treated unjustly. Evil is present in society, but God has given us a secret weapon against it. When it touches us, we can defeat it with kindness rather than lowering ourselves to return evil for evil. We always overcome evil with good (see Romans 12:21).
Always be quick to forgive those who offend you, remembering that your prayers cannot be answered if you hold bitterness in your heart against anyone. When Jesus was dying on the cross at Calvary, one of His last acts on earth was to pray that God would forgive those who crucified Him. Stephen did likewise while he was being stoned to death (see Acts 7:59–60). The apostle Paul also forgave his friends who deserted him during his first trial (see 2 Timothy 4:16).
When people hurt us, we can respond according to our biblical examples. Doing so puts us in a position of power with God and frees us from the agony of anger and hatred.
Prayer of the Day: Father, I want to always keep my heart clear of anger and resentment, but I need Your grace to do so. Enable me to be kind when others are rude or mean to me, and to trust You to be my Vindicator. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.