Romans 12:21 (NKJV) 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
If we were to really look at the world around us, if we were to really stop and evaluate everything, what would we see? Maybe you see the wonderful green of the trees, maybe the deep blues of the water, maybe the fluffy white in the clouds. It does not take too much digging though to see an underlying evil, penetrating darkness, a sinful state. I do not say that to discourage, but to encourage change, true change. Do Not Be Over Come By Evil We have to be followers of Christ that are keeping our eyes focused squarely upon Him! I gave the example to our youth group the other night of focusing on the wrong things and the destruction it can cause. Like most people, I took drivers ed in high school. I remember on our last classroom night before driving, the instructor made sure we understood the importance of focusing on the road. She explained that if we look to one side or the other, we would instinctively steer the car in the direction we were focusing on. Sure enough, leave it to me to prove her right. We were driving down the street, I started waving to a friend that was parked on the side of the road, and the instructor quickly reached over to grab the steering wheel. The enemy does the same exact thing, does he not? I can be walking perfectly with the Lord, my eyes firmly upon Him, and all of a sudden, there is that flashy thing, that stumbling block, that distraction. Who knows how far down the road we travel before we realize we are walking right towards the evil one. The question becomes, are we going to focus on Jesus, or are we going to allow the enemy to break that focus? Overcome Evil With Good Are you being tempted by an enemy, or is the evil one using someone to try to break your focus on Christ? Romans 12:20 reminds us… (20) Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” If your enemy is hungry, feed him. Maybe you are put into a position to literally feed your enemy. Maybe you are put into a position to feed him spiritually. In either case, abide in Christ’s command to feed your enemy. What a blessing you can be if your enemy truly needs a meal. Think about how that person would react. If that person has mocked you, caused you pain, hurt you in some other way, and you turn around and feed them… that is showing the love of Christ! That could be a powerful moment! If you were able to feed them spiritually, that would be even more remarkable. Heaping coals on their head… well, we are told to love that person in the previous words, so I feel it is safe to say we are not to feed them and then turn around and burn them. The more likely meaning is that we are to love that person, that person that has caused us pain, and that love should then cause a burning conviction. That conviction can cause faith to grow significantly. Closing Thoughts: There is darkness in every corner of this sinful world. The only way to avoid the sin and darkness of this world is to keep our eyes focused on the One who has neither sin nor darkness. John 8:12 (NKJV) 12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”