Overcoming Evil

Pastor Ben

Jun 20, 2016

In a more secular view of the week grounded in the rhythms of the culture, the “weekend” wraps things up and Monday’s the first day of a new week.  But in a Judeo-Christian view of the week, Sunday, or “the Lord’s Day,” is the first day of a new week.  I like that rhythm because I begin a new week by being with God’s people to worship God, to hear His Word, to pray together and encourage each other.  A good way to start the week!  It was good, as always, to be with you yesterday!

When we hear the word “evil,” we generally think of heinous crimes and horrendous things that happen in the world.  But “evil” in the Scriptures describe anything that falls short of the “good, pleasing and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).  It certainly includes things like what happened in Orlando just a week ago but also many other less blatantly evil things along the way.  We see evidence of that evil, or sin, both around us and within us.  I think Paul’s instruction in Romans 12:21 applies to both.  In that verse, Paul says “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Here are two challenges for this week.  First, in your part of the world around you, overcome anything that falls short of God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will by doing good — praying, loving, serving, having a good attitude, showing kindness, affirming, thanking, and so on.  Second, within you, overcome anything that falls short of God’s desire for you by filling your own mind and heart with the good things of God.  I thought of Philippians 4:8 — “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”

We do not overcome evil with more evil.  We won’t overcome it by reacting.  With God’s help and by His grace, we will triumph over evil with the unstoppable force of goodness!  There’s a lot of bad stuff in the world.  There’s a lot of good stuff, too!  On this second day of the week, I’m glad to be on the side of good, on God’s side!  I’m glad that goodness will have the last say in the history of this world.  I’m living in that hope today!  Hope you will, too.

Hey, click on this link for a good article.  The title’s Preached to Death.  And if you weren’t able to be with the church yesterday, check out the message from yesterday’s services which you will find on the website.  I hope you’ll be encouraged by it.  Have a great week! 

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