How We Overcome

What’s the best tactical advice you’ve ever heard? I haven’t come across so many, but there’s one I really like.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

(Romans 12:20, NET)

Wait. Hold on. I know it looks like a really bad strategy. It doesn’t look like advice that would help you outmaneuver your difficult boss, or that neighbour from hell. But if there’s anything we learn from God’s offensive to save man, it’s that “good” will always win. It may look like Love has lost the battle, but in the long run Love will always win the war (1 Corinthians 2:6-8).

For anyone who claims to be a child of God, the response to evil must always come from a place of “good”. And that “good” does not have a subjective definition: the Bible defines to us what good is.

When we make the mistake of trying to overcome evil with evil, we act in variance with the nature of God in us. Attempting to overcome evil with evil makes us no different. It drags us down to the level of what we seek to overcome. And once you begin to rationalize evil, it becomes easy to make the excuse of using evil to forestall any perceived evil. And then before you know it, you become THE difficult boss, or THAT neighbor from hell.

“Evil” only wins the war when “good” becomes “evil” to overcome “evil”. Don’t fall into that temptation.

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

(Romans 12:18-19, NKJV)

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