Do Not Be Overcome By Evil, But Overcome Evil with Good

I’ll let the Apostle Paul speak for himself…

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in trouble, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
– Romans 12:9-21

The world is broken and hurting. We are reminded of that daily in more ways than we could ever number. And yet, God is not silent. God is not absent. God is not far off. God confronted evil head on in His son Jesus. As His followers here we have the privilege to stand as His witnesses. We witness the love of God for this broken world through Jesus’ death on the cross. We reflect that love as we live and respond to tragedy and brokenness and suffering as Jesus taught us. We love those who hate. We weep with those who weep. We rejoice with those who rejoice. And we pray that one day all of the false walls we build between one another would be torn down so that we can see each other as God sees us; not as lost causes, but as people of inestimable worth. Every person you meet is someone for whom Jesus died, that they might live anew through Him.

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