Tuesday 05 July 2011

Overcome evil with Good

Romans 12 v 21:  Do not be overcome by evil, overcome evil with Good
This is the memory verse that I chose for myself this week and I was thinking about how I could implement this.  I know that some of us are fighting big battles, battles that reek of evil - and the devil using everything at his disposal to hurt you.  Normally, its because he is trying to trip you up, force you a few steps back because he knows you are in God's hands, or God is getting you ready for promotion 'spiritually'.  In these situations much spiritual warfare is required and I think that is a post for another day.


What I've been thinking about is those daily battles, the ones with personality clashes or minor offenses.    You know the ones I mean:  some rude road hog, or your teen been cheeky, or some random stranger making a judgement about you, even your nearest and dearest taking their frustrations out on you.  That's what I'm talking about with regards to this verse.


Yesterday, I was preparing for a bunch of teenagers to take over my house for a pizza evening.  I was preparing myself for mess and noise.  What I did not prepare myself for was my eldest being rude, and treating me disrespectfully.  Granted, she was over tired from her hectic social life, but her comments were unwarranted and unnecessary.

So, I decided instead of harping on it or letting it get me down (which it did anyway), I chose to repay evil with good.  I got her car washed, which it badly needed.  I felt better about things and although I did it for her, I did it as unto the Lord in order to repay evil with good.  The reason I did it as unto the Lord was so that my motive would be right and I wouldn't be looking for something done for me in return.

The same principal applies in the traffic.  Someone pushes in front of you or takes your parking.  I want to start training myself to repay evil with good.  In these scenarios I will try to wave it off, smile and find another parking or back off.  Not my usual response - but I believe if I don't respond the way people expect me to respond, you kind of take the wind out of their sales.  They're baffled!  They expect you to fight back.  That is just repaying evil with evil and then evil wins.  I don't want evil to win anymore than it already has.

Prov 10 v 12:  Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love covers ALL offenses.
I believe God wants us to have a loving response to evil.  By evil in this context, I mean offensiveness, mean-spirited, rudeness.  You know, the day to day nitty gritty things people say and do that can cause one to stumble.  If I have a loving response to someone who is being obnoxious, they probably will go silent from not knowing how to respond.  Its time to practice what I call reverse psychology, do the opposite of what is expected - especially if the worst is expected.


My encouragement for you today is when you see an offense coming your way, try to think of a loving way to respond and you will be repaying evil with good.  This is just another way of showing others we are changed by God's love and we are new creations in Christ.


God bless
Tracy

22 comments:

  1. Wow, love all the pages you've added and the new look header.
    I will see how today goes. I don't think to repay evil with evil, but those defences (my attacks) can rise quickly with children provocation.

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  2. Hi Tracy,

    This is exactly the topic a friend and I shared last week as we seem to be challenged with such a variety of personalities that are not always easy to respond to. We reminded ourselves that our responses and actions should be like that of Jesus; encouraging and loving no matter what! Great reminder for us all! :)
    Denise

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  3. Tracy, perfect reminder for me. Needed to read what you shared here. Blessings.

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  4. repaying evil with kindness is so hard to do sometimes. Sometimes just turning the other cheek is hard. This is one area that is a challenge for me. I might not lash out but I want to learn to respond with love and not hold a silent grudge.

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  5. Grace is what we want from others, it's what we should give. But it's so against our nature! Thank goodness for Holy Spirit power to give people not what they deserve but what they need.

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  6. Tracy - What a great word! So true...but yet, so hard to do. Someone once told me that pride always has to escalate pride...but humility gets under another & lifts the other one up. How hard it can be to lift up our brothers & sisters in Christ, encourage & serve them... especially when offended or hurt by them. But, yet, I must remember how Christs love covered my sin...even when I have been so undeserving...

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  7. that one is so hard because the moment people act ugly the first thing my flesh want to do is tell them how wrong they are...so I have to take a deep breath and wait then later I come back to them and let them know that what they did or say wasn't right...I don't think God will be upset when we approach a person and let them know how it affected us. I do believe if we sin in our anger then He is upset with us and we have to go and ask them to forgive us for acting out.

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  8. Oh, oh, I'm not going to lie, this one is tough for me. When I'm offended, good is the last thing I think about. Good challenge, Tracy.

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  9. Hi Ladies, firstly, thank you for all the comments, and secondly, i am so glad that i am not the only one who battles with this. God is so gracious with us, we should reciprocate and be gracious with others. I appreciate you all.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  10. Tracy, this is a tough one, but I don't want to let evil win in my life. I want to think first, and repay evil with kindness. Great post!

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  11. Great writing on this topic. I'm sure most people struggle in this area and I'm certainly no exception. Giving good for evil certainly changes my reaction to it though. Good advice here...I'm going to bookmark it so I can reread it when I'm faced with the issue.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  12. I like it that you did something practical, an action, to pursue the person who had offended you.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  13. Thank you for these wise words and reminder. They are much needed in my house with 2 teenagers and a 6 year old :)

    I'm your newest follower :)

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  14. Tracy,

    isn't is so hard though, the repay evil with good, I battle so hard with this sometimes, when someone does something to me I just want repay them for what they did. But then when I loose my patience with someone, don't speak kindly to them and they are nice to me in return, I feel like a heel, and I can only imagine how hard it was for them to be kind to me when I wasn't so kind to them.

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  15. Hi Lisa - I agree, evil wins too much day to day. i don't want to contribute!

    Hi Pam, I'm glad you liked it. I tackled it because its something I need to work on

    Hi Glenda - Its not something that comes naturally to me, but we have to keep trying, right?

    Hi Shelly - thanks for the visit and for following - I'm jumping to yours to return the follow.

    Hi Kandi - you and me both. I don't think a week goes by where I don't mess up on this one.

    Thanks all for the comments. I really appreciate them
    God bless
    Tracy

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  16. Wow. What a testament to what that really means... So difficult to do. How’d it turn out?

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  17. Hi Christina, thanks for the visit. Do you mean with my daughter? She ignored me and then gave me a chocolate the next day, something she doesn't normally do. So, I added it to my thankful list.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  18. I think this is a good lesson for us all - learning to give a blessed response instead of an evil response to the person or persons that have wronged us in some way shape or form. It's not always easy though because the first response is to "get even." This is something that I need to work upon as well.

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  19. I love your thoughts about Romans-- it really hit my heart in how I can better serve my children. I'm looking forward to tomorrow now!

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  20. Well, I have to be honest. I was with a very rude person 2 different days this weekend and it finally got the best of me. We had words. Afterwards I was as mad at myself as I was with him. I know that God doesn't want us to respond like that. In essence I repayed evil with evil. Oh...it is so hard sometimes to do good!

    I needed to read your post today. Thanks for sharing it.

    Blessings in Him...Chelle

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  21. Hi Mrs Wild-flower - Its tough but we have to keep trying

    Hi Jen - Thanks for the comment

    Hi Chelle - I trip over my tongue constantly, its in the constantly trying that we will eventually succeed and improve.

    God bless and thanks for the comments ladies - they are all precious to me.
    Tracy

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  22. Waugh Tracy, the artical just makes a big differnce in a life of one that has been repaying Evil with Double Evil.
    thank you very much
    solomon

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