Romans 12:17-18 (NKJV) 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

What should you do when you are attack verbally or your character is assaulted or your good name is dragged through the mud? This is what Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also” (Matthew 5:38-39 NKJV). As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we can expect to be mistreated by ungodly people, and fellow believers as well. That is just the sad truth. But Jesus tells us to restrain from retaliating, we don’t have to defend ourselves against lies, insults and smears. We don’t have to avenge our honor. Rather we are to respond with love. Responding to hatred with love requires strength from above. It requires us to abide in Christ and submit ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit of God. It requires us to keep our old nature in check, and to live in our new nature in Christ. It requires us to trust in God. For we are told, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord” (Romans 12:19 NKJV). Responding with love may bring about the opportunity to share Christ. And it is a prefect way to demonstrate your faith. But it is not the only way, how we deal with unbelievers is crucial to our witness. They want to know if we are honest, dependable, and trustworthy. They want to see Christ in us. They may not believe in Jesus, but they want to see Christ in us. Your life may be the only Bible that they read. So, make sure your life backs up your testimony. Now, does this mean you have to be best friends with everyone? No, it does not mean that, but it does mean to do the best you can to show God’s grace.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.