“Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 HCSB)
It appears as if evil is out of control in our world today. We hear and see more and more of it, and it seems as if we and people around the world have succumbed to it, accepting it as if there is nothing that can be done about it. We seem to have the “if we can’t beat it, we must join it” mentality.
But evil can and must be conquered and defeated in our society and in the world. God, through the Apostle Paul tells us that in today’s verse of Scripture. Let’s take a closer look at it.
- “Do not be conquered by evil” – means that, as Christians, we do not have to be conquered by anything, much less evil. In Romans 8:35-37, God, through the Apostle Paul, tells us that “we are more than conquerers.” Therefore, if we do evil, it’s because we allow ourselves to be conquered by evil; we give up the fight against it and join it. There are many so-called Christians who believe that the way to fight evil is by accepting it, in the name of “love”. Accepting evil is in itself evil, and can never be love. Evil cannot defeat, or conquer itself. There has to be a greater force that conquers it.
- “but conquer evil with good.” – God is telling us that the only way to conquer evil is by doing what is good, even as we face evil. As Christians, we are “not to repay evil for evil, or insult for insult (1 Peter 3:9; italics added).” Here’s what Jesus has to say to us: “But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28; italics added).” Christians, this is the way that Jesus wants to use us to conquer evil in this world; He wants us to take His love and goodness to the entire world, beginning where we are.
The problem is that few are the Christians who are willing to do what is good to conquer evil, because they fear what evil is going to do to them for their efforts.
But God tells us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment (2 Timothy 1:7; italics added).” So we, through the power of Christ who lives in us, have the power to overcome and conquer evil and do what is good to all people.
So, what will you choose to do? How will you make a difference in your community and the rest of the world? Will it be for good, or for evil?
*** If you are someone who wants to do what is truly good and make a difference in this world, you cannot do it on your own, you need the power of God’s love and goodness living in you. Think about it. God is calling you to Himself, right now. If you are interested in knowing how you can have God’s power in your life, message me. I’d love to help you. ***