What’s more disturbing than the de-friending on FB is seeing self-righteous brethren blinded by the enemy’s tactic meant to cause division in the body of Christ. So often, the enemy ensnares Christians into believing they are taking a firm stand for Christ when in actuality he has deceived them into thwarting their focus away from the real battle. We would be wise in learning to love one another despite our differences and recognize who our enemy really is. In lieu of this, I’ve decided to write this year’s October blog on “overcoming evil with good.”
Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” This approach is rather humbling and goes against our natural “fleshy” way of thinking but then our ways are not… God’s ways. What evil have you taken a stand against today? Perhaps it’s against the evil of abortion or human trafficking which most certainly deserves justice… or maybe it’s the psychic hotline you saw advertised on TV or that Witches Ball being held in your own town. I couldn’t possibly be suggesting you do good for these people….could I? After all, doesn’t scripture also say to hate evil and cling to what is good?
It is true that God hates evil and desires us to avoid participating in evil practices but Jesus tells us in Luke 6:35-36 “For he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” If our heavenly Father who hates evil is kind and merciful to the ungrateful and the evil, wouldn’t it seem we should follow His example and do the same? How then can we put “overcome evil with good” to practice? Rather than standing outside the building hurling insults in the name of Jesus at the psychics on the hotline, we could pray for them to receive a better job that would be more financially rewarding and pray for God's truth to be revealed.
In a world where evil lurks around every corner and hate is prevalent it’s easy to fall prey to its seduction. We so easily find ourselves responding to our adversities with hatred rather than loving them despite our shortcomings. We become a manifestation of evil when we lash out with tongues flaring, and eyes glaring with revenge… all at what we presume is our stand against the very evil that we unknowingly have succumb to. In this place we can no longer be used by God as our emotions erupt in outburst of the hatred harbored in our hearts. Scripture tells us we are to love our enemies, do good to those who persecute us and overcome evil… with good. A Godly response in an evil environment can only be achieved by humility, compassion and love. By doing good we reap coals on the heads of evil doers and bring the light of Jesus’ love into the darkness.
Ultimately we look to Jesus’ response to the dark and evil fallen world? He could have destroyed it in an instant but rather He lay down and died on the cross offering His sacrificial love. While He walked this earth He spoke the truth to evildoers but He did so by His example of Love… not with hatred. Love is stronger than the grave… and mercy triumphs over judgment. Furthermore, “He who does not love does not know God, for God… is love.” 1 John 4:8
©By S. A. Tower, 2013