10 Bible verses that encourage us not to return evil with evil, but to overcome evil with good

“Do not let yourself be controlled by evil; rather, conquer evil with good.”

It is not difficult to get revenge on someone who has wronged us in some way. People hold on to it in anticipation of the ideal moment to hand it over. This occurs quite frequently in this world. On the other hand, the Bible instructs us to “not overcome by evil, but rather overcome evil with good.” How is it that this is even possible? By letting them off the hook for their mistakes! Several Bible verses encourage us not to return evil with evil.

1. Romans 12:19

“Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but let wrath be done; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, retribution is mine,’ says the Lord.”

2. Leviticus 19:18

“Thou shalt not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people. You shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am the LORD.”

3. Proverbs 20:22

“Do not say, ‘I will return evil. Hope in the LORD, and he will deliver you.”

4. Proverbs 24:29

“Do not say, ‘I will do to him as he has done to me; I will repay every man according to his deeds.”

5. Luke 6:27-36

“But I say to you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone hits you on one cheek, turn the other to him. If anyone takes your cloak, do not prevent him from taking your tunic again.”

6. 1 Thessalonians 5:15

“Take heed that no one renders to another evil for evil, but always pursue what is good, whether among yourselves or toward all.”

7. 1 Peter 3:9

“Do not repay evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but rather bless, for to this you were called, that you may inherit the blessing.”

8. 1 Samuel 24:12

“The LORD shall judge between me and thee, and the LORD shall avenge me of thee: but I will not put forth my hand against thee.”

9. Deuteronomy 32:35

“Vengeance and recompense are mines When their foot staggers! The day of their calamity is near, and what awaits them will not be long in coming.”

10. Luke 18:7-8

“And will not God do justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night, and will he delay over them? I tell you, he will do justice to them promptly.”

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