- SCRIPTURE READING:
12:17-21 = "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."
- THREE THINGS ARE POINTED OUT IN THIS
VERSE ABOUT THE CHRISTIANS
CONFLICT WITH EVIL:
- The Christians foe.
- The Christians attitude toward
- The Christians weapon.
- LET US TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THESE:
- THE CHRISTIANS FOE:
is evil. It is not an illusion, but a grim reality.
We are aware that there is a force, all about us,
that is acting in conflict with all that we love and
hold dear in life. This conflicting foe is described
- Powerful Unless we are fortified,
it will overcome us as the apostle Paul gives warning
Corinthians 10:12 = "Wherefore
let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest
- It is not a flesh and blood enemy,
but is spiritual.
6:10-12 = "Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord, and in the power of
his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against
flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers
of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places."
- It takes on various forms:
- In evil thoughts.
9:4 = "And Jesus knowing their
thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil
in your hearts?"
- In evil words.
3:2 = "To speak evil of no man,
to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all
meekness unto all men."
- In evil deeds.
= "And you, that were sometime alienated
and enemies in your mind by
wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled."
- THE CHRISTIANS ATTITUDE TOWARD
need to assume one of the following attitudes regarding
- The indifferent attitude, of trying
to ignore it -- This is suicidal.
- The fatalistic attitude, allowing
evil to have its way in our hearts and lives -- This
also is suicidal.
- The compromising attitude, which
is in reality to give in, or surrender to it.
- The militant attitude, which is
the Christian attitude.
- He will abhor evil.
12:9 = "Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil;
cleave to that which is good."
- He will be on guard against evil.
26:41 = "Watch and pray, that
ye enter not into temptation: the spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
- He will strive to overcome evil.
12:21 = "
overcome evil with
6:13-17 = "Wherefore take unto you
the whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
stand. Stand therefore, having your
loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate
of righteousness; And your feet
shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above
all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts
of the wicked. And take the helmet
of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God:"
Peter 5:8-9 = "Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist
stedfast in the faith, knowing
that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren
that are in the world."
- THE CHRISTIANS WEAPON:
- Not retaliation.
12:17 = "Recompense to no man evil
for evil. Provide things honest in the
sight of all men." Romans
12:19 = "Dearly beloved, avenge
not yourselves, but rather
give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance
is mine; I will repay, saith the
- We cannot heal one wound by inflicting
- Evil has never been vanquished
12:25-26 = "And Jesus knew their
thoughts, and said unto them, Every
kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation;
and every city or house
divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan
cast out Satan, he is divided
against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?"
1:20 = "For the wrath of man worketh
not the righteousness of God."
- Not denunciation.
- Denunciation of evil has its
place, but it has never overcome evil.
- We cannot heal the world merely
by finding its faults and condemning them.
- Not legislation.
- Just laws are needed, but they
have never eliminated a single evil.
- Laws can only restrain evil doers
but not the evil.
- Not physical force.
5:39 = "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."
- Physical force has its place
in the "powers that be", but this force
has never changed a
- This kind of force can only subdue
Corinthians 10:4 = "(For the weapons
of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)"
13:1-6 = "Let every soul be subject
unto the higher powers. For there is no
power but of God: the powers that be are ordained
of God. Whosoever therefore
resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:
and they that resist shall receive
to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror
to good works, but to the evil.
Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that
which is good, and thou shalt have
praise of the same: For he is the minister of God
to thee for good. But if thou do that
which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword
in vain: for he is the minister of
God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth
evil. Wherefore ye must needs
be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience
sake. For for this cause pay ye
tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending
continually upon this very thing."
- The Christian weapon is "good"
- This is the most powerful weapon
- It is Gods weapon for the
3:16 = "For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life."
1:16 = "For I am not ashamed
of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power
of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to
= "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Ghost and
with power: who went about doing good, and
healing all that were oppressed
of the devil; for God was with him."
- This should be the weapon of
- Error is overcome with truth.
- Curses are overcome with blessings.
- Cruelty is overcome with kindness.
- Wrath is overcome with a soft
- Sensuality is overcome with
- WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT THE FOE
- That when we meet evil with evil,
we only intensify it and lose.
- That when we meet evil with good,
we conquer it and win.
12:20 = "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."
- That evil is not invincible --
in comparison with the power of good, it is weak.
4:7-8 = "Submit yourselves therefore
to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to
you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and
purify your hearts, ye double minded."
- WILL YOU USE THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT
THIS EVIL FOE AND ENTER THE RANKS
OF CHRISTIANITY, STANDING WITH THE LORD AND HELP WIN
FIGHT OF SALVATION?
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