Next, Paul expounds on some of the most practical ways of staying on the side of good and defeating evil. It almost sounds like a Marvel Movie. Interestingly, the adoption of those principles shows God’s Spirit ruling our life. When God’s Spirit rules, it is similar to gaining a superpower. Being Spirit filled and Spirit led is allowing the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God to live through us. It is confirmation of 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Behold if anyone is Christ, they are a new creature! the old is gone and the new has come!”
Specifically, Some of the characteristics of this status as Superhero look a great deal like the movies. Don’t simply pretend to care for others truly care! Take genuine delight to bring honor and peace to others. Work hard and be enthusiastic to do so; not displaying your personal identity but showing the identity of the Superhero within.
More heroic characteristics include rejoicing in the hope of God’s immortality and invincibility. Heroes also must be patient to play the long game. No instant gratification. It is always the villain that cuts the corners and wants everything NOW! Heroes always go back to the source of their power and work to use their superpowers on behalf of others not for their personal gain.
Finally, Superheroes practice hospitality, do not hold grudges, nor do they take justice into their own hands. God calls us to do the same. We are to step back and step out of our natural predispositions and walk in God’s power and leadership. As we do that, God is faithful to meet our needs and empower us to be His tools to complete His mission to seek and to save that which is lost. Please, make it your goal today to be Christ’s superhero!
God Bless You
9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”[g]
says the Lord.
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”[h]
21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.