Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
In John 16:33 Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” As seems to be readily apparent when you look around in today’s world, the act of overcoming the world is a present tense thing that I must be actively involved in right now. As the quote that has been attributed to the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke states, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” When we stop trying to actively overcome evil with good in our life, then evil begins to gain and overcome good. Although it may be passive in the beginning yet the evil will continue its insidious propagation and eventually overcome the good. This is true in our own life, it is true in our families, on our jobs, in our churches and in our country.
Jesus overcame the world and yet the world is not yet at peace and evil has not yet been eradicated from the world. Overcoming the world means living at peace and doing good even when it seems that we are being repaid only with evil. Jesus lives at peace today and continues His work of overcoming evil with good by forgiving and accepting all that come unto Him in faith believing. Overcoming the world takes place through one act of good at a time while living at peace in the LORD Jesus Christ and then living at peace, with all men as much as is possible.
Jesus resisted unto death and yet even at the point of death His resistance to evil continued when He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
We have not yet resisted unto death and yet how often do we withhold an act of good because we feel like the recipient of that act of good isn’t deserving? Jesus overcame evil with a good act of forgiveness even as He was being executed as a criminal. Who am I to decide who is worthy of my good acts and who isn’t?
Father please forgive them for they know not what they do!