Overcome Evil by Doing Good

Overcome Evil by Doing GoodToday at my church home, Bridgeway, our pastoral leader, Alex Absalom shared a message on being a Person of Peace bringing influence into our world. The Lord used this message as a reminder of His mandate on those who wish us harm. We overcome evil by doing good. Pastor Alex didn’t share this particular verses found in Romans 12:20-21. His message was the “Definition of a Person of Peace” and his text was Mark 5, and Acts 10 a look at Cornelius’ life. You can listen to this message by downloading it from the Bridgeway Church web site or iTunes, key search “Bridgeway Church Podcasts” and there you will find several excellent messages.

Pastor Alex’s message: “Definition of a Person of Peace” was: 1) shows Receptivity – (be friendly and outgoing, make a way), 2) has a good Reputation – (being relational to influence the surrounding community) and 3) having Referrals – (a life of peace will manifest a testimony by where people in your community will see real help, lives changed, God’s grace & mercy poured out, answers to prayer and the miracles of God). Anyone living in the context of these three R’s will have no problem with evangelism.

Pastor Alex then brought the challenge! How do we make a difference in these economic challenging and chaotic times? What sacrifices are we willing to make as individuals and in our church community? Good question!

He challenged us to make a difference in sacrifice by asking us to consider prayerfully more soul-searching questions: What preferences are we willing to lay down? What desires need to become secondary to others? What fears do we need to overcome about certain individuals, like people who are sworn faithful to fundamental Islamic beliefs? What expectations must we lay down, and what should our expectations be?

My Personal Challenge

ChallengeI was personally challenged by the Holy Spirit to look at the fruit of kindness. I immediately thought of the verse about overcoming evil by doing good (Romans 12:20-21) and being kind even when certain individuals and groups of people are hell bent to make your life miserable. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not communicating a boundary-less existence, on the contrary, overcoming evil is to have godly boundaries, but with a gentle meek and kind heart. Those who know me well, know that I am a very direct prophetic choleric personality type and do not back down from a conflict. Conflict doesn’t scary me, I can even create it to bring a healthier relationship if I believe it is helpful.

However, I am excited about the grace of God today being poured out to overcome evil by doing good through His love. This takes asking the Lord about where people are from His perspective. Perspective can be everything. If we can see the deception and brokenness from God’s perspective and what the possible outcome of where a person will end eternally, the heart can be graced into Christ-like compassion and kindness. Attitude is 90% of the victory, as God gives us the victory by faith (or attitude) in Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 John 5:4-5) & (1 Cor. 15:57). I thank God for ministering to my heart with His grace and challenge today. May HIS perfect Ways found in the Holy Scriptures, HIS Truth and HIS Life be yours!


Attitude

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2 Responses to “Overcome Evil by Doing Good”

  1. Shelly on March 22nd, 2009 2:58 pm

    Amen!

    The Lord has been teaching me that very thing, too. Since last Fall, my heart has been challenged by above to do more for others, prioritize needs of others over my own wants, to not be down from the weight of what is happening in our world … but to rather be activated to do more and give more to others where it will make an important difference and possibly an eternal difference.

    I want to have *His* eyes and know *His* heart.

  2. Stephen on March 22nd, 2009 4:45 pm

    Exactly! If we can be operating out of a place of seeing people thru the eyes of Jesus in their brokenness it is much easier to say with HIM, “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing, OR what spirit they are from.” The deceived do not know that they are deceived that’s why the Scripture warns us to not be… and every where it says, “Do Not Be Deceived” through out the Scriptures is exactly where people are deceived. 1 Cor. 6:9-11, Eph. 5:5-10. Do not be deceived whatever a man sows he shall reap, if to his flesh, he will reap destruction IF he sows to the Spirit of God, he will receive Life! GOD HELP US ALL to have discernment and HIS life in us!

    God bless you Shelly!

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