Overcome Evil

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17, 21 (NIV)

Our sinful nature causes us to want to repay evil for evil. When someone hurts us, we want to hurt them back. During an argument started by someone else, we are ready to defend ourselves. A co­-worker spreads a rumor about us and we want to fight back. A friend betrays a confidence and we want to end the friendship.

God encourages us down a different path. He wants us to attempt to reconcile the friendship. He wants us to turn the other cheek when we are hurt. By taking these actions instead, we take steps in overcoming evil. We show others that God’s preferred path is to do what is right.

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