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Overcoming Evil

IRAQ CRISES

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28814633

 

The destructive power of this epic evil event taking place in Iraq makes so many people feel paralyzed and helpless. And that’s what evil does best; it makes us feel powerless.

 

But we’re not. Most of us experience evil on a smaller, more personal scale. And for us, the apostle Paul outlined the proper response. He said we are to abhor evil (Romans 12:9), not to repay it with more evil (verse 17), and not to be overcome by it (verse 21).

 

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The true victim of evil is goodness—the goodness that God designed as part of creation for everyone to enjoy (Genesis 1:4-31). It is surprising then when Paul concludes that the casualty of evil is also its conqueror (Romans 12:21).

 

Evil gets all the headlines, but God’s goodness is stronger, and He wants us to use it on His behalf to overcome His enemy.

 

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If in your personal life you’re facing the effects of someone’s evil actions, these Scriptures may be helpful: Proverbs 20:22; Matthew 5:38-48; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Peter 3:8-17.

 

As light overcomes darkness, goodness can overcome evil.

 

 

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