“Do not be overcome by evil,” Romans 12:21
This is how the chapter ends! But that’s only the first part of the sentence. Standing alone that seems like and arduous task; I’m pretty sure an impossible task, IF that’s what I focus on. I can’t overcome evil by trying not to overcome evil. If I try, all I’m doing is thinking about evil and a day or so ago I suggested that I should “HATE WHAT IS EVIL.” So that would mean I have to think about what I am to hate, and Proverbs says that, “as a man thinks in his heart so is he!” The result appears to be that I would end up being evil!! I don’t like the sounds of that (though I must admit, I’ve spent my fair share of days trying to do just that in my low moments on the journey with God.)
Now, here’s the whole sentence. “Do not be overcome by evil, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD.” I don’t “beat evil,” I “BE GOOD!” If I focus on the evil I become evil; if I focus on the good… you can finish that sentence, it will be good reinforcement! Paul said to the believers in Philippi, “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Think about the good— do the good— and defeat, by default, the evil. That’s God’s positive approach to living a life like I am a child of the King!
Have a great day focusing on the good,
Quote for the day: “Do good and be a good person because that’s just what the Lord expects. There just ain’t nothing special about being and doing good. It’s what the Lord expects…”
― Andrew Galasetti, These Colors Don’t Run
PS UC Family Worship will be a special family Christmas program. Join us @ 7:30 in the church for a variety of music and sharing from and for all ages, with maybe a visit from Santa Claus! PLUS—we are going to collect an offering to buy a Christmas gift through ADRA for some family in the world. Bring money- help a family- enjoy the true spirit of Christmas!!
PPS Before vespers, at 6pm in the Young Adult room at CVC “No Trace of Earth,“ will be in concert. Brad Carlson and group have a great sound, and even greater message, and an even greater demonstration of what God can and will do with each of us as we give our gifts and talents back to him. Join them for an early Sabbath blessing!
PPPS And the after vespers activity will be hosted by the Ministries’ club. Join us in Woods Auditorium for food, fellowship, and fun getting ready to do something nice for others tomorrow afternoon.