(Talk) A Merciful Community (Romans 12:14-21)

We started out this series by looking at how we’re called to be actively transforming our minds, and not being passively conformed to this world. But now we finish this series by looking at how we’re to be actively renewing our world with good, and not being passively overcome with evil. The end of Romans 12 calls us to love our enemies, provide for those who do evil to us, and to overcome evil with good. This is just about the hardest thing God calls us to do in this life: to look evil in the face, sincerely forgive, and seek to do good. Trusting in God’s justice, using anger for good, and confronting evil are each things which can pose real challenges for us. But in view of God’s mercy, our hearts can be melted down and transformed, and his mercies can slowly become our mercies.