Monday, June 16, 2014

Be an Overcomer

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21 (KJV)

overcome-succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty)
overcome-defeat (an opponent); prevail

We are commanded in Scripture not to be defeated by evil.  How can we be defeated by evil?  Easily, when we demand repayment from someone who has sinned against us.  When we choose to be bitter instead of forgiving.  

Above this verse is another one stating the same command:

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 
 Romans 12:17

The word repay denotes there is a debt.  When someone sins against us, they have incurred a debt.  When we forgive (as Christ has forgiven us), we cancel that debt.  When we choose not to forgive, we declare that debt remains.  We have been overcome of evil.  Evil has defeated us.

Instead of choosing to forgive, we prefer to hold on to bitterness, rage, and our feelings of entitlement. We are proud and stubborn.  We forget the great mercy the Lord has had in our lives and want to make someone else pay for their sins when not even Jesus demanded that of us.  

So what should we do?

Overcome evil with good.  We should successfully deal with the problem or difficulty by defeating and prevailing over our opponent, the devil and our flesh.  Let's forgive.  Let's love.  Let's humble ourselves.  Let's seek reconciliation.  

We are called to live in peace with everyone if it is possible, as far as it depends on us (Romans 12:18).  Let us do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  Let us leave the problem or difficulty in God's capable hands and do what he commands us.  Let us be overcomers.

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