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What Makes You Happy, Part 2: "Plan For It"

David, Part 3: The Abigail Way - Message by Andy Stanley

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David, Part 3: The Abigail Way - Message by Andy Stanley

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Returning good for evil is your best opportunity to be like your Father in heaven. It’s how your story intersects with the greatest story ever told. God returned good for evil when he gave his Son for our sin. Following the way of God will set you free. It will set you apart. So don’t settle for even. Do for others what they don’t deserve.

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"The problem with getting even is that it makes you even with someone you don’t even like." —Andy Stanley #DavidSeries

The way of God isn’t appealing when we have been wronged by someone else. Our natural urge is to try to get even. We want to wrong the people who wrong us as a way of getting payback. That seems just. It seems fair. But does it solve anything? Maybe there’s a better way.

"What story do you want to tell when this is nothing but a story you tell?" —Andy Stanley #DavidSeries

Returning good for evil is your best opportunity to be like your Father in heaven. It’s how your story intersects with the greatest story ever told. God returned good for evil when he gave his Son for our sin. Following the way of God will set you free. It will set you apart. So don’t settle for even. Do for others what they don’t deserve.


Scripture: 1 Peter 3:9 — “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."

INTRODUCTION
The way of God isn’t appealing when we have been wronged by someone else. Our natural urge is to try to get even. We want to wrong the people who wrong us as a way of getting payback. That seems just. It seems fair. But does it solve anything? Maybe there’s a better way.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. How competitive are you? How does your level of competitiveness affect your relationships at work and with your friends and family?

  2. Has anyone ever gotten even with you after you wronged him or her in some way? If so, what happened?

  3. Read 1 Peter 3:9. Does the idea of blessing those who wrong you seem realistic? Why or why not?

  4. Read 1 Samuel 5:14–42. To which character in this story do you most relate? Why?

  5. Is there currently a relationship in your life in which you are tempted to repay evil with evil? In the future, what story do you want to tell about this period of your life when it’s just a story to tell?

  6. When you are wronged, what can you do to follow your heavenly Father’s example of returning good for evil? How can this group support you?

MOVING FORWARD
Returning good for evil is your best opportunity to be like your Father in heaven. It’s how your story intersects with the greatest story ever told. God returned good for evil when he gave his Son for our sin. Following the way of God will set you free. It will set you apart. So don’t settle for even. Do for others what they don’t deserve.

CHANGING YOUR MIND
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

Andy Stanley:
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly. As the host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, with over five million messages consumed each month through television and podcast, and the author of 20-plus books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Visioneering; and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.

 



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