Scripture: Romans 12:9-21
Key verse: Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Reflection: We all encounter evil. Sometimes the evil is public and tragic, like a shooting at a shopping mall or a kidnapping at a school. Sometimes the evil is close to home, in angry words between coworkers or yelling in the house next door. And sometimes the evil is within us, in our own temptations and grudges and petty resentments.
How do we respond to evil? The apostle Paul exhorted the Christians in Rome to not be overcome by evil but to overcome evil with good. We see Paul’s admonition embodied in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even when he was betrayed, arrested, tortured, and killed, Jesus did not respond with evil. Instead he responded with goodness. He was nonviolent and forgiving. Even after his resurrection when he could have returned to gloat over his enemies or to punish those who hurt him, he came to his friends with words of peace. Jesus did not allow himself to be overcome by evil even when it looked like evil was winning all around him. Following his example is very hard to do but it is central for a disciple. If you are going to be a disciple today, how will you respond to evil? What good can you bring into the world today?
Prayer: Almighty God, help me overcome evil with good today. When I am tempted to believe that the end justifies the means, and that evil actions can further a good purpose, stop me and correct me. Teach me to follow Jesus. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder