“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
This morning as I spent a little time having my own prayer, meditation, and devotion time I was reminded of the passage in Romans 12:21 quoted above. Â As I look around the world I can see so much hurt, pain, disappointment, and suffering. Â Evil abounds and it sometimes leaves it’s mark on us … with rejection, pain, sorrow, and various emotions that take their toll on mankind.
We are faced with a decision on how we are to respond. Â Will we respond with evil intent … spite, manipulation, and pain … or will we respond with good? Â I believe with all of my being that responding with good is the way to overcome evil. Â Yes, evil must be addressed, it must be disciplined, it must be called out for what it is, but even in that truth our personal response should be to overcome it with good.
My hope is that as you listen to this interlude you can reflect on any ways that you’ve been impacted by evil. Â Perhaps you are hurt by someone you love or you’ve been a victim of a crime. Â Perhaps you’ve been violated in a way that makes it hard to respond with grace or forgiveness. Â I hope that as you listen you can release those wounds, find forgiveness, and respond with good.