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.