Overnight we have heard of another terrorist attack that killed many people and injured many more. My heart and prayers goes out to the families of those who died and were injured.
As I have been thinking about this attack, my mind has gone back to a verse in Romans 12. The last verse says, “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good”.
Paul finishes this chapter that talks about being living sacrifices with a plea to not let evil overcome us, but to press on and overcome evil with good deeds. It is a big statement that is hard to live up to.
I remember years ago I was heavily involved in community outreach with our church in Perth. We would go door to door giving away Jesus videos. We were on fire and we wanted to take on the world. Many people were coming to faith in Jesus.
Then along came September 11. It is when I let evil overcome me. I was horrified at the evil people could do to each other. It really knocked me and I found it hard to go out every Saturday.
I knew there was evil in the world, but somehow it brought it home to me. It took me a few months to get back on tract. Romans 12:21 was one of the things that helped me get back on tract. God commands us to conquer evil by doing good.
Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. I think Princess Di used that in one of her famous speeches too.
It can be a sacrifice to have an overcoming attitude. But if we keep moving forward and serving God by serving others, the Bible promises we will reap a harvest at the right time. It tells us this is Galatians 6:9.
Now when I hear of terrible attacks like these, I pray for the ones that are injured and the families of those who have lost soomeone, and I recommit myself to serving God and doing good in the world around me. It is my way of overcoming evil.
Like the image above, we need to be the light that brings hope and love to the world around us. We need to be Jesus’ hands, feet and heart.