ROMAS 12, 17-21REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.Romans xii. 17—21.
** RecDinpense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the iiight of ftll men. If it be poesiblef as much ss li«tb in 70a, live peaceablv with all men.J>earlj beloved, avenge not yoorselves, bat rather give place unto wmth: for itis written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore, if thineenemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shaltheap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil withgood."
Eesentmbnt is a modification of pride. By an injury done tous, we not only sustain a certain amount of pain or of loss, — we are at the same time mortified. He who has done usthe wrong appears in our eyes as having acquired a certainsuperiority. Against this our pride rises, and urges us byretaliation to be even with him. This is a principle whichthe world too generally applaud. They call it spirit, andthe contrary is in their vocabulary inean-spirltedness : — andsome philosophers have concurred in the commendation of the principle, as a wise provision of nature. Let us see,then, how the Christian law stands : — " Ye have heard thatit hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth :but I say unto you. That ye resist not evil : but whosoevershall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the otheralso."* Our Lord's language has reference to a precept be-longing to the criminal code of Israel,+ of which the applica-ticm was to be determined and the execution ordered by the judicial authorities; but which had been perverted, by the• Matth. V. 38, 39. f Exod. xxi. 24, 27; Lev. xxiv, 19, 20.■■