Build An Ark: Letters From the Ranch
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil
with good. Romans 12:21
Evil. Most often when we think of evil we think of
Satan and his obvious workers: Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, Edi Amin, Saddam
Hussein, etc. Or we think of something like the Oklahoma bombing, or the
school shootings that have affected us all. These are all evil men and evil
acts, but most of us are not in a position to overcome this evil with good.
However there is an evil that affects us each and every day, a kind of evil
that we have been given the power to overcomethe evil that is perpetuated
upon disciples of Jesus by so called brothers and sisters. Jesus
warned us of this:
Remember the word that I said to you, A
slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they
will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
This type of evil is part of our lot in this world.
If you will not settle for religion, but instead become followers of Jesus,
you will be persecuted.
And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ
Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12
Much of this comes at the hands and mouths of so
called believers. This is not unusual. Jesus was persecuted by the
religionists of His day. When reviled, He did not revile in return. When
slandered, He did not slander in return. When lied about, He did not lie
in return. In all these, He overcame evil with good. He blessed and did
not curse. He spoke the Truth in love. He fed the poor, He healed the afflicted,
He offered comfort to the downtrodden. We must do the same if we are to
become normal Christians as depicted in the New Testament.
We need the Grace of God to live His Way. In fact, He has offered us an
even greater grace that will continuously empower us to overcome evil with
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, God
is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore
to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and
He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your
hearts, you double-minded. James 4:6-8
Do you want this greater grace to overcome evil? Its
free! Its simple! And it will cost you your whole life. Submit, Resist,
Draw Near, Cleanse, and Purify. He has offered us all we need to fulfill
His purpose in us and through us. Do your part and He will do His!