Overcome evil

Overcome evil with good. We continue to see the hand of evil at work in our world. People went to church in Sutherland Springs to worship God. However, a deranged person had murder in his heart. When I heard about it, my heart was filled with sadness for the families. Immediately we want to know “why.” We still do not know the motive behind the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

There are a lot of questions. Why is there so much intense hatred? Why the escalation of blatant, ruthless division? I know the theological answers – the human heart is depraved. Evil is never satisfied!

While there is a lot I don’t understand, I must live out the timeless truths that I do understand. The last verse of Romans 12 instructs us to “overcome evil with good.” That does not mean we accept evil. It means that we do not respond to evil with evil. We respond to evil with good. The issue here is one of the heart. I must examine my heart and ensure that it does not become hardened, cynical, and caustic. Earlier in the chapter, we are instructed to “abhor” evil. Hating evil does not mean that I respond to evil with the very nature I am to abhor. I believe this is one of the greatest challenges believers face today. The only way we can possibly respond appropriately is by the power of God.

3 thoughts on “Overcome evil

  1. This is a tough one. Do we apply “an eye for an eye”? Do we become “pacifists”? Do we seek out evil and destroy it? Do we defend ourselves.
    I Know the Endgame.
    I’m in Heaven thru my Faith In Jesus Christ!
    But, while we’re here…
    I’m a Big guy. I Don’t Seek out fights. Never have.
    I DO End them.
    Been called on a “few” times.🙃
    We live in a different age.
    People are more brazen than ever.
    I’ve always had Simple Rules.
    Don’t put your hands on me, family Or friends.
    Don’t come in my Home.
    NOW, Don’t come where I Am.
    I Don’t try to be, OR want to be thought of as, a bully.
    I want to be thought of as a Preventer.

    Your Thoughts???

    PS – I’m GLAD we Do have a Police Presence in the Vestibule/on the grounds each Sunday morning; and, I hope, still, Wednesday night for The Youth.😃

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    1. Hey Gene. Thank you for the interesting questions. Let me take them individually. “Do we apply ‘an eye for an eye'”? Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7 that we are not to follow the “eye for an eye” mentality. Of course, Jesus is not talking about how the government is to deal with lawbreakers. He is addressing the spirit of vengeance that we are to avoid. “Do we become ‘pacifists'”? Again, I do not think that the commandment to do good is encouraging pacifism. We are to abide within the laws of the land. That means we have a right to defend our lives and our property. The main issue we must address is one of the heart. For example, if a believer is robbed, he is to utilize the full extent of the law. At the same time, the believer is to avoid a spirit of vengeance, bitterness, or animosity. While the believer can and should forgive the robber, he can and may prosecute. One is a issue of the heart and the other is an issue of living in an orderly society. It is not immoral for a believer to exercise his right as long as doing so does not violate the higher laws of God. I hope that clarifies those questions. Thanks for your interest.

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