We thank you for the scriptures and the message they convey. We thank you for your servant Paul, whose life was transformed by his encounter with your son our Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus.
Help us to follow his example of discipleship and guidance in his letter to the Christians in Rome: Do not avenge yourselves dear friends, but give place to God's wrath;
for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him a drink;
for in doing this you will be heading burning coals on his head.
Do not overcome evil by evil, but overcome evil with good.
whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence:
give us our hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.