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Overcoming Evil!

Romans 12:21

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Evil abounds around us.  It is everywhere.  Scripture says that Satan is going around looking for someone to attack. 1 Peter 5:8 – Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

We saw evil active during the attacks of 9-11 nine years ago.  We heard about evil as we were told about the sex-trafficking a few weeks ago.  We read about evil in the paper and hear about it on the news.

It is so natural to respond to evil with evil – in like kind.  If someone slaps you – you naturally want to slap them back.  If someone hurts you or someone you love – you naturally want to hurt them back.

But today we read from Romans – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Man – it is tricky!  We know that Satan is out there working through some people – bring evil to our very doorsteps at times.  We are told to overcome evil with good – to not allow evil to overtake us.

The best example of course is Jesus – who was beaten – spat upon – crucified – and didn’t retaliate – didn’t respond with evil.  Instead – Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who harmed Him (Luke 22:34).

Maybe – as we strive to be more Christ like – each day – we will better be able to model this passage.  I confess that I have trouble with it – and that is why walking the Christian life can only be accomplished by the grace of God.

I pray that God enables you – more and more each day – to overcome evil in your life – and in my life – by the goodness that God gives us.

How about encouraging us with some stories of how God has enabled you to overcome evil in your life by the goodness of God, given to you?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

September 13, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , ,

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