Overcoming evil

Date: Saturday, February 15

ScriptureRomans 12:14-21

Verse: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

Anger can change us. We see it all the time. People hold on to anger, justifiably so, and become consumed by it. They plot revenge to even the score, but the other seldom sees it as equal. They then feel the need have to do something else, again to even the score. Back and forth it can go until it escalates from a mild disagreement to a severed friendship, divorce, neighbors filled with hostility, and on a macro-level, sometimes to war.

In today’s passage, Paul gives very practical advice for keeping our cool in the midst of anger before it consumes us. Bless those who are hostile toward you; empathize with others; take the high road; don’t take justice into your own hands, he advises. But then he goes on – share a meal with an enemy who is hungry, or a drink if they are thirsty. Then a line which sums up the whole passage, “overcome evil with good.”

Our temptation is to fight fire with fire, but as someone once said, when you do that you just end up scorching everything. A much better way to overcome evil, is by reaching out in love and grace to one with whom we are struggling. Imagine the difference that would make in couples, friendships, neighborhoods, and beyond.

Prayer: Teach me, Lord Jesus, to not fight evil with evil, but to overcome evil with good. Amen.

Action: Bless someone today.

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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