Overcoming Evil with GoodBro. David Chancellor
12/12/2004 11:00 AM
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Society benefits from justice. Christ was showing that it wasn’t always necessary for us to argue for justice for ourselves. He said to leave yourself open to hurt again. Do more than justice would require. God’s people are to be different from the world. The love of God in us is what makes us capable of doing this. When you start to fight back in your own behalf, you’re in the same mud as those you’re fighting.
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Verse 8 talks about those that aren’t serving God. Verse 9 refers to how Christ rebuked the devil. How are you confronting things? Christ didn’t stoop to the devil’s level. He just rebuked him. As Christians, we need to be consistent. When we speak to others, it needs to be because we really care.
1 Peter 2:21-24
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Consider Christ. Think of the example that he set, and the life that he lived. Even when Christ was going through his suffering at the end, he didn’t threaten, he didn’t call them what they were. People suffer because of misunderstandings. Can we forgive when people do things because they don’t understand? Can we leave the trouble with "him that judgeth righteously?" God knows the heart of the penitent. He knows who is truly sorry. Sometimes we might not think someone is sorry, when they are. Jesus suffered, not just unjustly, but for our sakes. Christ calls us to suffer for others. Be able to take it so that someone else won’t have to. Let the trouble stop with you.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Return good for evil. As much as you can, live peaceably with all men. This includes those we agree with and those that we don’t agree with. "Avenge not yourself." Vengeance is God’s. God will repay if forgiveness and pardon aren’t found. God allows us to reap here, too: "What goes around comes around." Work at living such that you have no enemies. Avoid making enemies. If someone still tries to be an enemy, work at being their friend. Help them when they have need. Work at changing the cycle. We want them to see that things can be different. Overcome evil with good. This is where Christianity wins.